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October 29, 2007

U-M Congenital Heart Center hosts 15th annual Save A Heart Celebration

ANN ARBOR, MI – The University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center will host a strolling food and wine tasting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Michigan League, 911 N. University in Ann Arbor.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the young patients at the Congenital Heart Center, many of whom face life-threatening heart defects. Funds also will go toward education and research opportunities for the health care providers at the center, as well as the construction fund for the Congenital Heart Center in the new C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital, set to open in 2011.

At the event, there will be tasting samples from some best-known local restaurants, as well as a large selection of wine from around the world. 

The celebration will feature a silent auction, including autographed sports memorabilia and a one-week stay at a Disney World condominium.  The evening also will feature performances by a variety of musical groups.  And Austin and Warburton Fine Jewelers will again present the “diamond dip,” an opportunity to find one of 10 diamonds scattered in a box full of cubic zirconia.  “Dips” are $25 each, or $100 for five “dips.”  Drawings will be conducted during the event.

Tickets for the Save A Heart Celebration of Food and Wine are $60 per person and available at C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital.  For more information, visit the Save A Heart Web site at, or call Marilyn Hawkins at (734) 936-9134.

The 2007 event is made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub and Restaurant; Maeve Murray Memorial Fund; Whole Foods Market; General Motors Powertrain – Ypsilanti; Sam’s Club; David, Monica, and Heith Jacobson; Ann Arbor News; Carepages; Richard and Jennifer Laurin; Gus DiGiovine's parents; Stephanie Meyers and Bruno DiGiovine in honor of Dr. Dennis Crowley.

Area restaurants and caterers providing food for the event include, Bobber Down Bar and Grille; Busch’s Valuland; Café Felix; Carson’s American Bistro; Coffee Express; Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub and Restaurant; The Original Cottage Inn; Effortless Entertaining; Knight’s Steakhouse; La Dolce Vita; Melange; Rush Street; Mac’s Acadian Seafood Shack; North Point Seafood and Steaks; University Unions Food Service; Whole Foods Market; and Wings Bar and Grill.

About Save A Heart
The Save A Heart program was created to raise funds for patients and their families at the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center in C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

Funds raised through the Save A Heart program help Congenital Heart Center families with travel expenses and lodging, as well as support research to evaluate the long-term effects of medical and surgical treatment of patients and their support networks.  As more medical costs are being shifted to the patient, one of the goals of Save A Heart is to provide some financial relief to families during an already stressful time.

To volunteer to help Save A Heart, contact Marilyn Hawkins at (734) 936-9134. More information is available online at

About the U-M Congenital Heart Center
The U-M Congenital Heart Center specializes in providing comprehensive care for congenital heart patients from infancy through adulthood. Caregivers in the program include a collective of highly skilled cardiac health care providers.

An unwavering commitment to excellence in patient care, as well as continuous improvement in the care process and outcomes for patients has earned the Congenital Heart Center a reputation as an outstanding facility at the international level. To learn more about the Congenital Heart Center, visit

About the new U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital & Women's Hospital
The U-M Health System broke ground in October 2006 for the new $523 million C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital facility.

With 1.1 million square feet, the facility will provide a new and larger home for specialty services not offered anywhere else in Michigan for newborns, children and pregnant women, such as the pediatric liver transplant program, the Level I Pediatric Trauma Program, the Pediatric and Adolescent Home Ventilator Program, the Craniofacial Anomalies Program, high-risk pregnancy services and specialty gynecological services.

Plans for the new children’s and women’s facility include16 pediatric operating rooms, four pediatric surgical procedure rooms, four Caesarean section suites, and 264 private inpatient beds upon opening, including 50 single room maternity care beds, with capacity for an additional 84 beds in the future.

To date, the U-M Health System has raised more than $50 million of the $75 million goal for its children’s and women’s fund-raising campaign, part of the University-wide $2.5 billion The Michigan Difference campaign.

To learn more about the children’s and women’s fund-raising campaign and building project, visit

Written by Krista Hopson


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