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Seventh Annual Night of Champions Raises More Than $182,000 to Help Benefit Magee's Community Program Fund

Nearly 400 guests gathered for an incredible event on May 11, 2007, to help support Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's Community Program Fund. Magee's Seventh Annual Night of Champions featured exciting raffles and auctions, entertainment by comedian Joe Conklin, and a who's who list of local sports celebrities. When all was said and done, more than $182,000 - an event record - was raised. Proceeds help benefit programs such as Magee's Think First program, wheelchair sports, computer training, Patient Learning Resource Center, peer mentor programs, and injury support groups.

Dr. Bob Carr, Vice President and Medical Director of Employee Health Management at GlaxoSmithKline, received the 2007 Magee Champion in the Community Award. The award is presented annually to a community leader who supports and advocates for individuals with disabilities. Dr. Carr, who is a former member of the Hospital's Board of Trustees and a past chairman of the President's Council, is a generous supporter of Magee's patients and programs as well as Magee's Night of Champions and Humanitarian Award Dinner.

Magee's wheelchair athletes had a chance to meet and greet Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and legendary R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass, who both stayed to take photos and sign autographs. Among other VIPs in attendance were NBA Hall-of-Famer Billy Cunningham, 76ers G.M. Billy King, Phillies 1980 World Series manager Dallas Green, Temple University's men's basketball head coach Fran Dunphy, former Philadelphia Flyers Bernie Parent and Brian Propp, former Eagles Mike Mamula and Mike Chalenski, former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro, Phillies director of media and public affairs Scott Palmer (who served as emcee), and CBS-3 Sports Anchor Beasley Reece, who served as auctioneer.

IBEW Local 98 and GlaxoSmithKline were this year's title sponsors.

Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, founded in 1958, is a 96-bed specialty medical rehabilitation hospital providing physical and cognitive rehabilitation services. Magee’s flagship facility is located in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to the main campus that offers comprehensive services for spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, orthopedic replacement, amputation, pain management and work injury, Magee provides an expanding out-patient network serving the surrounding communities. In 1985, Magee’s brain injury rehabilitation program became the first in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Magee partnered with Jefferson Hospital to create one of the nation’s 14 federally designated centers for spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Magee has been rated one of America’s leading rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News&World Report. Magee provides treatment to more than 5,000 individuals annually. Magee is authorized to treat wounded military personnel returning from war. Magee is not an Obligated Group Affiliate.

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