SUNY Upstate Gala to benefit Central New York Children's Hospital
SUNY Upstate Medical University will officially kick off its community fundraising campaign for the Central New York Children's Hospital at its black-tie gala Friday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. at the OnCenter.Co-chairs for the gala are SUNY Upstate Pediatrics Chairman Thomas Welch, M.D., and his wife, Chris, of Jamesville; and Syracuse University Chancellor Kenneth Shaw, Ph.D., and his wife, Mary Ann, chair of the Executive Committee of the Children's Hospital Steering Committee. The Shaws reside in Syracuse.Tickets for the gala, which runs from 8 p.m. to midnight, are $200 per person. To attend the pre-gala Patron Party, which runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., tickets are $300 per person. The gala will feature two separate entertainment venues: The main level of the OnCenter will feature The City That Never Sleeps; the main ballroom will feature Club Sinatra. For tickets, call the Upstate Medical University Foundation at 315-464-4416.SUNY Upstate earlier this year announced plans to build an 87,000 square foot, $35 million children's hospital above the east wing of University Hospital. Highlights of the addition include private patient rooms and baths, expanded play rooms and family resource centers as well as family dining areas. The hospital would have its own entrance so parents and children will encounter only child-oriented medical spaces during their visit. Opening of the Central New York Chilren's Hospital is anticipated for 2006.