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HOAG'S 552 CLUB MEMBERSHIP DRIVE GETS 'LONG JUMP' ON THE OLYMPICS WITH APRIL 30 PARTY TO 'GO FOR THE GOLD'

 HOAG'S 552 CLUB MEMBERSHIP DRIVE GETS 'LONG JUMP'
 ON THE OLYMPICS WITH APRIL 30 PARTY TO 'GO FOR THE GOLD'
 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- With characteristic fire, the 552 Club of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian began carrying a torch for 1,000 new members on April 1. These champions of fund raising are mixing fun and competition in order to meet the challenge of expanding its 3,000-member support group by 30 percent.
 The 552 Club, which has raised more than $5 million in its 26 years, is currently targeting its efforts on expanding the hospital's Emergency Care Unit (ECU). The club gets a jump on the Summer Olympics in Spain with an elaborate Olympics-theme membership drive -- complete with gold medals.
 In the best Olympian tradition, "opening ceremonies" for the 1992 membership campaign is set for April 30 at 5:52 p.m. at 23 Corporate Plaza in Newport Center, and will introduce such teams as the Palm Springs Dog Sledders and the ECU Javelin Catchers in a spirited March of Champions.
 And, unlike in Barcelona, all participants in this competition will win.
 "We will be awarding gold medals to every new member and every current member responsible for getting someone to join," said Bob McDaniel, the 552 Club Olympic president. "We hope everyone who attends the closing ceremonies will be wearing five or six gold medals."
 Current and incoming "medalists" will be invited to both opening and closing ceremonies that highlight the two-month drive. The opening ceremonies will feature a training-breaking feast catered by Bob Teller, president of Tel Phil Enterprises, the Orange County Marketplace concessionaire.
 The closing ceremonies will be Monday, June 1, beginning at 5:52 p.m. at the Newport Beach Marriott. At that time, outstanding medalists will be awarded prizes.
 By joining the 552 Club, individuals become part of a tradition of support that has funded projects including Hoag's CT Scanner, new ophthalmology lab and a gamma camera for the nuclear medicine department. Facilities renovations included the nursery, GI lab and respiratory department and raised more than $1 million for the Patty & George Hoag Cancer Center.
 In turn, 552 Club members receive numerous social and medical benefits.
 Members are invited to participate in a wide variety of events. Among those planned for the current social season are a major film premiere, the annual Stag Shoot (June 10), the annual meeting featuring Mark Russell (June 24), the beach party at Newport Dunes (July 19), the Billfish Tag and Release Tournament (Sept. 10-13), the Christmas Carol Ball (Dec. 5) and the Newport Classic Pro-Am Golf Tournament (January 1993).
 During the 1992 membership campaign, which ends May 28, it costs only $125 to join -- a $25 savings off the regular membership cost.
 For more information about Going for the Gold, or other 552 Club events, call the membership office at 714-574-7208.
 The 552 Club is a Hoag Foundation support group. The Hoag Hospital Foundation serves Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, a 417-bed acute care non-profit community hospital and specialty medical center in Newport Center, Irvine and Huntington Beach, Calif. The Hoag Hospital Foundation fund-raising efforts benefit the hospital through the purchasing of capital equipment along with the funding of medical research and patient assistance.
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 /CONTACT: Carol A. Heywood of Hoag Hospital Foundation, 714-760-5916/ CO: Hoag Hospital Foundation ST: California IN: HEA SU:


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