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a Tribute to Excellence

Posted on: 10/17/2002

For Immediate Release
Contact: Allan Johnson
October 11, 2002

The Fashion Group International - Minneapolis/St. Paul Region and The University Medical Auxiliary celebrate

a Tribute to Excellence

on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5 p.m. to midnight at Radisson Hotel South & Plaza Tower, Bloomington, Minn. This year's event benefits the Brain Tumor Center of Fairview Health Services. The evening features a silent and live auction, dinner, an awards presentation, a fashion show produced by Neiman Marcus and a dance.

"I'm thrilled to bring awareness to the needs of brain tumor patients and have the opportunity to raise dollars for brain tumor patient services," says Allan Johnson system director of the Brain Tumor Center of Fairview Health Services. "The number of brain tumors is increasing. It is estimated that 186,000 new patients will be diagnosed with brain tumors in the United State this year. The upper Midwest has a higher ratio of brain tumor patients than the rest of the country."

"It will be an excellent opportunity for the public to show its support for the Brain Tumor Center through a variety of activities," adds Connie O'Hara, University Medical Auxiliary past president and co-chair of the event.

"In addition, this event will be an elegant evening to honor two people who exemplify excellent in their careers: Dr. Roby Thompson of the School of Medicine and Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota and Annette Garceau legendary costumer of the Guthrie Theatre," says Linda Hersom, president of the local Fashion Group organization and co-chair of the event.

The Brain Tumor Center of Fairview Health Services, the upper Midwest leader for care of brain tumor patients, utilizes a multi-disciplinary team approach that combines quality research and compassionate continuum of care patient services to provide the best possible outcomes for brain tumor patients. In partnership with academic and community physicians, Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Cancer Center-affiliated health care providers, the center is a national and international resource for brain and spinal cord tumor patients and their families.

The Fashion Group International is global, non-profit organization of 6,000 professionals in 10 countries representing all areas of fashion-related industries. The local group has 130 professional members and 20 student members. It supports The Goldstein Gallery at the University of Minnesota, Women Achieving New Directions (WAND), Women In Transition (WIT), and breast cancer research.

The University Medical Auxiliary of Fairview Health Services provides services and financial support for the benefit of patients and their families since its inception in 1930. The auxiliary has 125 members and grants nearly $250,000 each year to patients and family needs from proceeds earned through the Gift Gallery and the Espresso Bar business located at Fairview-University Medical Center.

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