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November 6, 2012 > Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation's Top Hat XXVI Another Extraordinary Night

Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation's Top Hat XXVI Another Extraordinary Night

Event Proceeds Will Benefit Washington Hospital's BrainSuite,

The Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation's 26th annual Top Hat Dinner Dance took place on October 13, raising $190,000 to support Washington Hospital. The co-chairs for the event were Dr. Sandeep and Purvi Kunwar. Dr. Kunwar is co-medical director of the Gamma Knife program, medical director of the Endoscopic Skull Base and Pituitary Center, and co-medical director of the Movement Disorders Program at Washington Hospital.

Over 610 guests attended the gala, which took place in a beautiful tent on the grounds of Washington West. During the delicious four-course dinner, the acappella group Boyz Nite Out entertained guests with renditions of favorite pop songs from the 50's to the 90's. After dinner, guests danced the night away to the high-energy sounds of Big Bang Beat. For those favoring a quieter ambience, the auditorium in Washington West was transformed into a jazz lounge with dancing and after-dinner drinks.

Funds raised from Top Hat this year will support the Hospital's neurosurgical program by underwriting the cost of an image-guided surgical technology called BrainSuite.

"With BrainSuite, a surgeon can create a three-dimensional model of a patient's brain or spine, using CT images taken during an operation," notes Dr. Kunwar. "Viewing these images, we can place implants in the spine without damaging the spinal column, and remove tumors in the brain without destroying vital brain tissue."

"Since the first Top Hat event in 1986, the Foundation has contributed more than $1.8 million for patients at Washington Hospital," said Demetrious Shaffer, President of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation and emcee for Top Hat. "I would like to sincerely thank all our sponsors and guests for coming out to support this wonderful evening. I would like to give special recognition to the Benefactor Sponsors who are California Center for Minimally Invasive Brain and Spine Surgery; Dearborn-Sah Institute for Joint Restoration; Fremont Bank; Northern California Anesthesia Associates; and Professional Home Care Associates."

Next year's Top Hat dinner dance is scheduled for October 12, 2013. Mark your calendar!

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