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Top Hat XXIX Proceeds to Support Trauma Rooms in the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion

Top Hat XXIX - Celebrating 29 Years!

You won’t want to miss the 29th Annual Top Hat Dinner Dance, taking place on Saturday, October 10. Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation’s annual gala supports programs that improve patient care right here in our community.

The evening will feature a hosted cocktail reception followed by an elegant four-course dinner prepared by McCalls Catering of San Francisco. After dinner and entertainment, guests can dance the night away in the Top Hat Nightclub or enjoy conversation and a nightcap in the Jazz Lounge.

In order to qualify for trauma center designation from Alameda County, Washington Hospital will need to outfit the emergency department in the new Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion with equipment used to treat the most severely injured patients. Funds raised from Top Hat will help purchase this equipment which will be used by physicians and clinical staff to save the lives of local residents. The impact of achieving trauma designation for our community is inestimable. No longer will patients be transported out of the District for life-saving care. Instead, precious minutes will be saved by treating patients, here, in southern Alameda, where they live.

Top Hat honorary co-chairs Dr. David and Laura Orenberg and Brigadier General Garrett Yee and Maria Vera-Yee, hope to raise a record amount for the trauma rooms. Last year Top Hat set a record with over 700 people attending the gala. The co-chairs hope to exceed that number this year. Rod Silveira, President of the Foundation, said “we are planning a spectacular evening with incredible food, décor and entertainment. I am pleased we are raising money for the trauma rooms which will benefit our community immensely. It’s going to be a memorable evening and I hope you will join us”.

Now in its 29th year, Top Hat has a long history of bringing people together in support of a good cause. First held at the Top of the Mark in San Francisco, it has grown to be an elegant annual celebration in Fremont, raising funds for clinical services in the Tri-City area. Over the years, generous Top Hat donors and sponsors have contributed more than $2.3 million for health care services at Washington Hospital.

Washington Hospital Healthcare 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 Foundation and Top Hat Committee is planning an exciting evening for our important guests, “said Rod Silveira. “Please consider joining us as a sponsor or individual guest and you will feel great having supported a need in our community – the trauma rooms at the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion.”

The gala will be held on Saturday, October 10. The hosted reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, entertainment and dancing from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Sponsorships and individual tickets are now available. Please join us by calling 510.791.3428, emailing or visiting Find us on Facebook!