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Published on April 28, 2010

Overlake Surpasses $1 Million Fundraising Goal at 2010 Bandage Ball

Bellevue, WA (April 28, 2010)– Overlake Hospital Medical Center celebrated a milestone 50th anniversary and achieved a landmark fundraising goal at its 23rd annual Bandage Ball gala event and auction held Saturday, April 24, at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. The Overlake Auxiliaries raised $1,014,531 from the evening of history, inspiration and celebration, surpassing its aggressive fundraising goal of $1 million.

The Overlake Hospital Auxiliaries’ Bandage Ball is the largest fundraising event of the year to benefit Overlake. The funds are dedicated to supporting essential patient care programs at the hospital. The annual event also boasted an increase in sponsorships (up 50 percent from last year) and more than 800 people in attendance (an increase of 300 over last year).

“It’s both thrilling and awe-inspiring to exceed our fundraising goal of $1 million this year,” said David Aubrey, Overlake’s executive director of the foundation and vice president of fund development. “We knew it was a lofty goal – and it appears everyone else in the room knew it too – and they did everything they could to help us achieve it in this extra special year – our 50th anniversary. We’re so grateful to so many for their enduring support,” Aubrey added.

KING-5 Morning News anchor Brad Goode served as emcee and auctioneer for the evening and Dr. Stephen Marshall, MD, Medical Director of Overlake’s Emergency Department, hosted the patient story portion of the evening featuring moving patient stories from Priscilla Larsen, Colleen Gilson, Ben Trevizo, Anne Crueger and a heartwarming video with friends and family of cancer survivor Mark Swenson.

Patty Edwards started out the Fund-A-Need portion of the evening with a $50,000 donation that was quickly matched with another $50,000 from Kemper Freeman Jr. and his wife Betty and the paddle-raising continued for quite some time.

Co-chairs of the event were Patty Edwards and Ozzie Traff who spent many months orchestrating the event, one of the largest black-tie events on the Eastside. Kemper and Betty Freeman Jr. served as honorary co-chairs.

Overlake Hospital Medical Center is a nonprofit, non-tax-supported regional medical center. For more information, log on to www.overlakehospital.org.

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