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On Friday, May 8, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital held its 9th Annual Night of Champions fundraiser at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union Hall in South Philly.

Although the event featured VIPs including Vince “Invincible” Papale, Andy Reid, Jon Runyan, Howard Eskin, Adam Taliaferro, Fran Dunphy, John Giannini, Mike Mamula, Scott Palmer, Joe Conklin, Raheem Brock and Pa Senator Christine Tartaglione, the most exciting part of the evening was the amount of money raised for Magee’s wheelchair sports teams…well over $172,000.

“It’s hard to believe, but even though we’re in tight economic times, we raised more money this year than we did last year,” said Magee’s Assistant Vice President of Development Mark Chilutti. “We keep hearing that people are giving less, doing less. I’m glad that we seem to be an exception right now.”

The Night of Champions event included dinner, raffle prizes and live and silent auctions. Once again, WIP Radio host Howard Eskin served as the auctioneer, cajoling those in attendance to bid on items such as a Phillies cap signed by the 2008 World Series Phillies and a B.B. King autographed guitar.

The Katie Kirlin Fund and Philadelphia lawyer Tom Duffy were named as Magee’s 2009 Champions in the Community for their dedication to wheelchair sports.Senator Tartaglione, a former Magee patient and current board member also gave them citations.

All funds benefit Magee’s Wheelchair Sports Programs, which support athletic programs that help former Magee patients and individuals with disabilities in the community improve the quality of their lives through physical activity. Programs include wheelchair basketball, rugby, tennis, and soccer. Magee’s wheelchair sports programs have involved more than 450 athletes over the past 20 years.

View TV news coverage of the Night of Champions from KYW and WPVI.

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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