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Community Supports Cayuga Medical Center Foundation Annual Gala Success

September 28, 2012 - Ithaca, New York

A record breaking $73,300 net was raised at 2012 event to go towards CMC's New Maternity Center Project.

The Cayuga Medical Center Foundation is proud to announce that this year's annual gala, An Evening to Care, had the largest support from our community ever – with the highest attendance ever – 340 people.

The gala raised a net of over $73,000 to support Cayuga Medical Center Foundation's 2012 fundraising initiative – The New Maternity Center Project. Of the $73,000, $15,800 was raised by an auction with auctioneer David Hall of National Book Auctions presiding over the live auction. All of the auction items were generously donated by local businesses and members of our community.

"The Annual CMC Gala helps us fund specific projects at Cayuga Medical Center. All proceeds from Gala 2012 will be used for the major renovation of the Maternity Center at Cayuga Medical Center. This renovation will include relocating the maternity department to the first floor where it will have six Labor and Delivery Rooms, twelve Post Partum Rooms, a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit with four bassinets in addition to four Single Family NICU rooms (these rooms allow for individualized and family centered infant care). We will also have a Cesarean Section Surgical Operating Room within the Labor and Delivery suite

Other amenities will include: family areas with sleeper beds in each patient room, whirlpool tubs in each Labor and Delivery Room, generous access to natural light and views to the grounds, and also comfortable spa-like interiors that reference nature to create a warm and welcoming environment.

We are also very grateful to the outstanding commitment by CMC's Gala Committee led by Jennifer Whittaker and Lisa LiVigne. Everyone came together and did their part and made the evening a great success," said Dr. Rob Mackenzie, president and CEO.

The fundraising initiative for Cayuga Medical Center's Maternity Center Project will continue to be a focus of fundraising for the CMC Foundation for the next year and a half. Donations are being accepted. If you would like to make a donation, please call Jan Hertel at 607-274-4284.

Cayuga Medical Center is a state-of-the art medical center. It is affiliated with prestigious health care organizations including Cornell University's Weill Medical College in New York City, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, the Rochester Heart Institute, and Mayo Clinic Laboratories. For more information on services available at the medical center and its satellite campuses, please visit or call (607) 274-4498. For more information, Visit


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