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LaBelle Puts Music to Hospital Fund-raising Effort


Nov. 8, 2004 — The Roy Lester Schneider Hospital received some much needed funds Saturday evening during a fund-raising event for the Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel.
The event raised a net of $160,000 toward the center, according to Lorraine Baa, Schneider Hospital public relations officer.
At $200 a ticket, the event featured dinner and a silent auction, but for the 750 individuals who participated, the highlight of the evening was a performance by singer Patti LaBelle.
"It was a great evening," Baa said Monday. "We had a sold out situation."
She said it was amazing to see the kind of support the hospital received.
"People were willing to support the cause," Baa said, adding that people weren't just paying to hear LaBelle, but to support the cancer institute and the fight against cancer as a whole.
LaBelle is no stranger to the fight against cancer, having had three of her sisters die of the disease, Baa said.
"She said she did it for the cause," Baa said of LaBelle's performance. Although the singer didn't perform for free, she did give the hospital a "special price." Baa would not specify the cost of LaBelle's performance.
Baa said the hospital plans to do another telethon fund-raiser in March to continue their efforts at raising money.
"Cancer is expensive," Baa said. "There is no cap or goal in mind. We will continue to raise money for cancer."
The building is expected to be completed in June or July of 2005; however, its construction has been difficult, Baa said.
"They're still in the process of building the radiation vault," Baa said. "That has been a challenge."
Sponsors of the event included FirstBank, the West Indian Company Ltd., Roy’s Construction, Inc., Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort, Stephenson Family Foundation, Aramark Corp., Victus and Advance Export Inc., Oncology Solutions, Cancer Care Point, Central Air Inc., Dr. Phillip St. Louis, Dr. Bert Peterson Jr., Cardow Jewelers, HOVENSA LLC, Theodore Tunick & Co., Ricardo and Josefina Charaf, and Pharmed International.
Construction of the $10 million, 23,597-square foot Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2005. The Schneider Hospital’s fundraising committee has already raised $2 million of the $2.5 million goal set last year.
Michael Burton, hospital spokesman, said LaBelle is considering the purchase of a home on St. John.

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