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August 27, 2013 > Top Hat Shines for a Good Cause

Top Hat Shines for a Good Cause

Fundraiser Will Help Ensure More Women Have Access to Mammograms

Get your tickets to the 27th Annual Top Hat Dinner Dance and enjoy all the glitz and glamour of a beautiful night out, while helping to ensure that local women have access to mammograms. Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation's annual gala supports programs that improve patient care. The elegant evening will feature a gourmet dinner prepared by a well-known San Francisco catering company and dancing to the sounds of the Beatles thanks to tribute band Beatlemajesty. The black-tie-optional event is scheduled for Saturday, October 12, in the Grand Tent at Washington West.

This year funds raised through the Top Hat Dinner Dance will support Washington Hospital's Community Mammography Program, which serves women who have no health insurance. Mammograms are a critical tool for diagnosing breast cancer.

"Mammograms allow us to detect cancer early," said Dr. Mimi Lin, a diagnostic radiologist and director of Mammography at the Women's Imaging Center at Washington Hospital. "We want to ensure that all women have access to mammograms. When breast cancer is caught at an earlier stage, women have many more treatment options and can possibly avoid more invasive procedures."

The Community Mammography Program was started in 2001 through a partnership with Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center and Tri-City Health Center. Women who need mammograms but can't afford to pay for them are referred to the program. Washington Hospital provides the mammograms at no cost to the patient.

Top Hat organizers hope to raise more than $175,000 for the Community Mammography Program and are expecting more than 600 people to attend the event. This year's Top Hat Committee chairs are Linda Gonsalves of Gonsalves & Kozachenko Law Firm and Dr. Vandana Sharma, an oncologist and member of the Washington Hospital medical staff.

"The Top Hat Committee is planning an exciting evening for attendees," said Carol Dutra-Vernaci, president of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. "Please consider joining us for a fabulous evening and you will be proud of having supported this important community service provided by Washington Hospital."

Exceptional Cuisine

The night will start out with a hosted reception followed by a sumptuous dinner catered by McCalls Catering and Events. The catering company is known for its exceptional cuisine. The company's chefs come from around the globe and have been trained in some of the world's most elite hotels and restaurants.

After dinner, the sounds of Beatlemajesty will take you back in a time as they play your favorite Beatles tunes. The band includes the same performers who appeared in the hit Broadway musical Beatlemania.

Or if you prefer to catch up with old friends or meet new ones, you can enjoy some conversation and a cocktail in the lounge. The evening offers something for everyone.

Now in its 27th year, the Top Hat Dinner Dance has a long history of elegant charity. First held at the Top of the Mark in San Francisco, it has grown into a highly successful event that provides a fabulous experience for participants while raising significant funds to benefit the local community. Over the years, the Top Hat Dinner Dance has raised more than $1.8 million for health care services.

The Foundation plays a key role in ensuring Tri-City residents have access to the most advanced medical care available today. It was established in 1983 as a separately incorporated nonprofit organization to enhance the Washington Hospital Healthcare System by raising public awareness and securing financial support. The Foundation helps Washington Hospital meet the community's health care needs and obtain state-of-the-art medical equipment.

Save the Date

The Top Hat Dinner Dance will be held on October 12. The hosted reception starts at 6 p.m., with dinner and dancing from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Individual tickets cost $250, with proceeds benefitting the Community Mammography Program at Washington Hospital. For more details, to purchase tickets, or to become a sponsor, please call the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation at (510) 791-3428 or email For more information about the Foundation or Top Hat, visit

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