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November 21, 2007 > 21st Annual Top Hat Fundraiser Receives Record Support

21st Annual Top Hat Fundraiser Receives Record Support

Event Proceeds Will Benefit Washington Hospital's Diabetes Education Program

A record amount of $100,000 was raised to support the Diabetes Education Program at Washington Hospital at this year's Top Hat dinner dance, the 21st annual fundraiser for the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation.

"Nearly 100,000 people in the Tri-City area have diabetes and a third of them don't even know it," says Brent Hodson, Executive Director of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. "The record proceeds that were raised will help Washington Hospital further expand its highly recognized diabetes program."

The proceeds from this year's event directly benefit the Diabetes Education Program at Washington Hospital. This past spring, the Diabetes Education Program at Washington Hospital received the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program.

More than 540 guests attended the black-tie optional event that featured an elegant cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction and live entertainment by the Joe Sharino Band and Caribbean Blue.

According to the American Diabetes Association, one in three people born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

"It's important that our District residents have access to high quality diabetes services and the proceeds from this event will support Washington Hospital's diabetes programs into the future," said Hodson. "I would like to sincerely thank everyone who came out to help support this worthy cause."

Special thanks to co-chairs, Dr. Ranjana Sharma, Immediate Past Chief of Staff at Washington Hospital and her husband, Rakesh Sharma, Ph.D. and the Top Hat Committee for planning a wonderful evening.

Since the first Top Hat Dinner Dance fundraiser was held in 1987, the event has gone on to raise more than $1,000,000 in proceeds that directly support programs and services at Washington Hospital.

Washington Hospital's Diabetes Program is located at 1860 Mowry Ave., Suite 200, Fremont, CA. For more information about the program's wide range of services, please call (510) 745-6556. For updated diabetes class and program information, visit, click on "Services & Programs," and select "Diabetes Services" from the drop-down menu.

Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation would like to extend a warm thank you to Top Hat XXI Sponsors:

Fremont Bank

Reception Sponsor
Fremont Marriott

Dinner Sponsor
Professional Home Care Associates

Dinner Sponsors
California Cardiovascular Consultants and Medical Associates
& California Hospitalist Medical Corporation

Entertainment Sponsor
Deccan Pacific Medical Group, P.C.

Decorations Sponsor
Fremont Healthcare Center

Auction & Raffle Sponsor
Norcal Ambulance

Photography Sponsor
Royal Ambulance

The Argus

Bayside Interiors
Cardinal Health
John T. Dearborn, M.D. & Associates
Gonsalves & Kozachenko
Medtronic CRM
Robson Homes, LLC
Vintaco, Inc.
Washington Radiologists Medical Group, Inc.
Washington Township Medical Group, Inc.
Zimmer Orthopedics

American Medical Response
Cargill Salt
Carlton Plaza of Fremont
Central Chevrolet
Citizens for Better Community
Fremont Emergency Medical Group, Inc.
Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP
Oakland Athletics
Pete Stark Foundation
Ranjana & Rakesh Sharma

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