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Mark the date for Monongahela Valley Hospital's 26th Gala

(March 20, 2014 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Employees, physicians and friends of Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) - and its parent company Mon-Vale Health Resources (MVHR) - will celebrate one of the organization's most nostalgic and anticipated traditions: the Annual Gala, on Saturday, May 17.

The theme for the 26th Gala is "Jungle Cruise."

The black-tie fundraiser benefits MVH, one of only a few dozen independent, non-profit community hospitals in western Pennsylvania. The event attracts nearly 600 guests and will be held in the Allegheny Grand Ballroom of the Westin Convention Center and Hotel in Pittsburgh.

This memorable evening will feature exotic scenes from the jungle, with thematic décor, a delicious dinner and enjoyable entertainment. Gala 26 is open to the public and tickets cost $175 per person. Tables of 10 are also available.

A reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Complementing the festive mood of Gala 26 will be the return of one of Pittsburgh’s finest variety bands, Finesse, a 14-piece "Superband" that has opened for Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago and David Sanborn.

Dimensions in Performance Awards will be presented to recipients to recognize outstanding dedication to MVH, the entire health care system and the community. The awards honor the multi-dimensional talents of special friends, benefactors and members of the heath care family who have distinguished themselves in the areas of philanthropy, board leadership, medicine, and civic well-being.

The 2014 awards and this year's awardees are:

Rose Award for Dimensions in Philanthropy - VEBH Architects, represented by its President Robert D. Bodnar. This award recognizes members of the community for their benevolence and dedication to the enhancement of quality health care.

Sickman-Levin Award for Dimensions in Medicine - Charles N. Lebovitz, M.D., a board-certified general surgeon who has helped increase the number of outstanding physicians with his tireless work on the Credentials Committee. This award honors outstanding physicians who contribute to health care in the mid-Monongahela Valley.

Pallone Award for Dimensions in Board Leadership - Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of Monongahela Valley Hospital. During the past 25 years, Mr. Panza has been involved with every major growth initiative undertaken by Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. This award recognizes excellence in service to the MVH and MVHR boards.

Gibbons Award for Dimensions in Community Service - Susan Hunter, a retiree from the Area Agency on Aging. Mrs. Hunter, age 91, has spent her golden years volunteering. This award honors those who are dedicated to the health, social and civic needs of area residents and help to improve the quality of life.

Rossomme Award for Dimensions in Volunteer Service - Evalyne Ramsden, a retired elementary school teacher, who has volunteered with the Auxiliary of Mon-Valley Health Resources, Inc. This new award was established to recognize people who tirelessly give of their time and talents in volunteer service to the health system. The award is named in memory of Florence S. Rossomme, a dedicated volunteer with the Auxiliary, beginning in 1943.

To become a sponsor, purchase tickets or for more information, contact the Office of Fund Development at 724-258-1657 or

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