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Top Hat XXV Silver Anniversary!

September 09, 2011

Fundraiser Supports the Washington Hospital Infusion Center for Chemotherapy Patients

Each year the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation holds the Top Hat Dinner Dance to help raise funds for equipment or services that will improve patient care. Funds raised from this year’s Top Hat will support the construction of the Sandy Amos Outpatient Infusion Center. Scheduled for completion in October, 2011, the state-of-the-art facility will offer a comfortable venue for patients who require frequent infusions of chemotherapy or biological therapies. 

Instead of traveling out of the area or being admitted to the hospital for treatment, patients will now have the option to receive their therapy close to home, in a peaceful setting full of natural light, on the second floor of Washington West.

With the help of a group of cancer patients, the facility has been designed from the very beginning to be patient-centered. Patients will receive their infusion in a reclining chair, with the option to watch TV, read a book or simply relax. Each patient room is fitted with a sliding wall, so that patients can be treated in privacy or socialize with their neighbors.  Treatments will be administered by a staff of experienced nurses specializing in intravenous therapy and cancer care.

Washington Hospital is honored to name the center in recognition of Sandy Amos, a staff nurse who recently retired after 36 years of service. During her time at Washington Hospital, Sandy worked in every unit and served as the hospital’s labor representative for the California Nurses Association (CNA) for 30 years.

“After we heard about all the amenities the center was going to offer, and the fact that it would let people receive their care close to home, we were excited to support the project,” says Demetrious Shaffer, President of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. “This is the 25th annual Top Hat dinner, and we are proud to support our talented oncology doctors and nurses by helping to get this center built”.

The evening will start with a hosted reception followed by an elegant dinner catered by McCalls Catering and Events, which for over three decades has been widely recognized for its exceptional cuisine and attentive staff. After dinner, guests will be treated to the ever popular Joe Sharino Band, which has entertained crowds all over the Bay Area by playing the best of pop, rock, Motown, funk, country, disco, R&B, jazz, Latin and swing. The all-star band includes a former member of Santana and Sly and the Family Stone, plus a songwriter for Earth, Wind and Fire.

Celebrating 25 years

Now in its 25th year, the Top Hat Dinner Dance has enjoyed a quarter century of elegant charity. First held at the Top of the Mark in San Francisco, it has grown into a huge success, with more than 650 attendees. Now the Top Hat Dinner Dance is held in a grand tent adjacent to Washington West. The décor is always incredible and provides a night of memories you won’t want to miss. This event is  is sponsored by Janice Futch-Claridge, Fremont Bank, Professional Home Care Associates, and a number of other generous donors. Sponsorships are still available!

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 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.

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend!

The hosted reception starts at 6 p.m., with dinner and dancing from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Individual tickets to the Top Hat Dinner Dance cost $250, with proceeds benefiting the Sandy Amos Outpatient Infusion Center. For more details or to purchase tickets, please call the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation at (510) 791-3428 or send an e-mail to For more information about the foundation, visit