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GALA EVENT AND DINNER DANCE TO HONOR ARDATH H. RODALE, CHAIR OF RODALE INC. AND ISSAM F. ARNOUK, M.D

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GALA EVENT AND DINNER DANCE TO HONOR ARDATH H. RODALE, CHAIR OF RODALE INC. AND ISSAM F. ARNOUK, M.D
Nearly 900 guests and VIPS to celebrate Lutheran HealthCare's 124 years in the community, honor contributors and raise funds for cancer services

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May 18, 2007, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran HealthCare (LHC), its Board of Trustees, Commerce Bank, Ardath H. Rodale and special guest emcee, WNBC4's general assignment reporter Adam Shapiro, will commemorate 124 years of service and honor individuals who have made a difference in our communities. This year's gala will celebrate the efforts of two individuals, Ardath H. Rodale, chairman of Rodale Inc., and publisher of Prevention Magazine; and Issam F. Arnouk, M.D., vice chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at LHC.

Nearly 900 partygoers are expected at the 124th Annual Dinner Dance at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers (located within the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex at 23rd Street). Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and reception starting at 7:30 p.m. on June 2, 2007. The event serves as LHC's primary fundraiser, raising much-needed dollars to support health care services throughout Brooklyn. The honorees will receive the Sister Elisabeth Fedde (Lutheran HealthCare founder) Medal of Service, established to recognize individuals who continue her legacy of service and commitment to our community's health and well-being.

  • Ardath H. Rodale is chair of the Board of Rodale Inc., a worldwide publisher of magazines and books, and co-chair of the Board of the Rodale Institute – a global leader in agriculture, food and health. She is the recipient of two Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from DeSales University in Allentown, PA, and the other from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. She also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Kutztown University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from the New College of California in San Francisco.
  • Issam F. Arnouk M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S., has served Lutheran HealthCare with great distinction as vice chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and on more than one occasion, as acting chair of the department. He has been an active and vital member of the Medical and Dental Staff for 29 years. As a well-known and highly regarded physician, he has consistently provided his expertise and helped to create a solid foundation for growth and progress in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a diplomat and fellow of a number of professional medical societies and acting member of the local community.

"Mrs. Rodale and Dr. Arnouk live Lutheran HealthCare's mission everyday with the same spirit and passion of our founder Sister Elisabeth Fedde," says Wendy Z. Goldstein, president and chief executive officer. "We honor them as we celebrate our 124th year of commitment and dedication to our community, our patients and to each other."

For more information or to learn about ticket and sponsorship opportunities please contact Amy Mugavero, Vice President of Development at 718-630-6245. 

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