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Crippled Children's Guild of Orthopaedic Hospital and Las Madrecitas Present ``Cirque d'Elegance'' and Honor Board of Directors.

LOS ANGELES -- Board Members Recognized for Their Long-Standing Leadership and Charitable Contributions

Tonight, the Crippled Children's Guild of Orthopaedic Hospital and its auxiliary, Las Madrecitas, present "Cirque d'Elegance" at the famed Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles to raise funds to benefit the children's charitable care programs at Orthopaedic Hospital. The evening also features a presentation to honor the Hospital's esteemed Board members for their leadership and dedicated service.

"Throughout the years, the Orthopaedic Hospital Board of Directors has tirelessly contributed its efforts to carry out the charitable mission of the Hospital," said Kim Miller, event chair. "On behalf of the Guild, we are especially pleased to honor these selfless individuals for their leadership and generosity, which has enabled Orthopaedic Hospital to provide the best possible care for children with crippling disorders, without regard for their families' ability to pay," she added.

The Orthopaedic Hospital Board of Directors being honored include:

--Wayne H. Akeson, M.D., chief of orthopaedic surgery for the VA San Diego Healthcare System

--Jack R. Borsting, Ph.D., professor of business administration and dean emeritus of Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California

--Gerald A. Finerman, M.D., professor and chairman at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

--Hugh M. Grant, business consultant and former vice chairman and regional managing partner for the Western United States (ret.) for Ernst & Young, LLP

--L. Boyd Higgins, chairman emeritus of Colliers Seeley International

--John D. Hussey, vice chairman of the Board and of counsel at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP

--Jerve M. Jones, principal of Jones & Jones

--James V. Luck, Jr., M.D., president, CEO and medical director of Orthopaedic Hospital

--William G. McGagh, chairman of the Board and principal of McGagh & Associates

--Thomas V. McKernan, Jr., president and CEO of the Automobile Club of Southern California

--Dennis C. Poulsen, chairman of the Board of Rose Hills Company

--S. Michael Tooke, M.D., president of the medical staff at Orthopaedic Hospital

--Ruth J. Wagner, former president and long-time member of the League for Crippled Children

The evening will host more than 400 guests who will enjoy gourmet cuisine, after-dinner dancing and entertainment, as well as a silent auction with luxury items including jewelry, dining and vacation getaways. An opportunity drawing will be held for guests to win a luxurious seven-day transatlantic cruise on the Queen Mary 2, a vacation package in Cambria and tickets to Hearst Castle, and a beautiful Cartier declaration watch.

The Crippled Children's Guild was founded by a group of women from the First Congregational Church Emmanuel Class who, in 1911, assisted Dr. Charles LeRoy Lowman in his clinic for crippled children on Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. In 1913, they formally adopted the named Crippled Children's Guild. When Orthopaedic Hospital was built in 1922, the Guild was incorporated. Throughout the years, projects undertaken by the Crippled Children's Guild have included more than one-half million dollars toward a new diagnostic and treatment center, remodeling of the employee cafeteria, funding of a new emergency unit, contributions to the wheelchair fund, and support of many Hospital programs. To date, the Guild has given hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to patient care and service at Orthopaedic Hospital. Along with its Auxiliaries, a total of more than $8.2 million has been raised.

Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Orthopaedic Hospital is a recognized world leader in patient care, teaching and research in orthopaedic medicine, resulting in an improved quality of life for children and adults with crippling disorders. For more than 90 years, Orthopaedic Hospital has been helping children afflicted with crippling conditions lead healthy, active lives regardless of their families' ability to pay. In the Hospital's history, no child in need has ever been turned away. For information on Orthopaedic Hospital, please visit the Web site at www.orthohospital.org.
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