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Aurora Lakeland Medical Centers Benefit Ball Scheduled for May 16

Thursday, April 30, 2009

This year's proceeds to benefit women's health services

Elkhorn, Wis. -- The Aurora Lakeland Medical Center Benefit Committee hosts its 24th annual Benefit Ball on May 16, 2009, at Geneva National on scenic Lake Como. Dinner, music, silent auctions, and dancing will be part of this elegant black-tie event. Proceeds will go toward updating the look and feel of the women and infant care area at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center. Festivities begin at 6 p.m.

Over the years, the Benefit Ball has played a significant role in a number of projects at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, including the remodeling of the emergency department and the acquiring of valuable clinical equipment. The focus of this year's event is based on patient feedback, according to Kathy Skowlund, vice president and chief administrative officer, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center.

"The birth setting is very important for mothers. It influences not only their comfort level, but also their choice of a facility,'' she said. "We want to enhance care and comfort for moms and babies as they begin their life journey together.''

The honorary chairs for this year's Benefit Ball are Jay Seldera, M.D., general surgeon, and Joy Seldera, M.D., OB-GYN, Aurora Health Care. Born and raised in the Philippines, the Selderas came to the Lake Geneva area in the early 1980's, after finishing their residency in Brooklyn, N.Y. Since that time, they have played active roles in the local medical community.

Their caring and compassionate ways are well known among their patients and the families they serve. The Selderas reside in Lake Geneva and have two grown children.

As part of the evening, the Margaret Schloemer Humanitarian Award will also be presented. This year's award will be presented to Cindy and Tom Stuhley, Williams Bay. As committed and active volunteers, the Stuhleys have served on many volunteer and philanthropic projects focusing on health care, education, and civic activities. Their service to local community organizations is extensive and shows their passion for making Walworth County a better place to live. They have three grown children and spend their time between Williams Bay and Florida.

Michelle Weber, philanthropy officer, Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, said the community's involvement in the annual event has been a key ingredient to its success. Given today's current economy, that involvement is more crucial than ever.

"We have a wonderful record of community support for the Benefit Ball and that support is vital as we embark on projects like this,'' said Weber. "Our volunteers display incredible dedication to helping sustain our mission in Walworth County. We extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone who continues to help us improve the overall health of Walworth County residents.''

The 2008-09 Aurora Lakeland Medical Center Benefit Ball Committee includes: Dee Dee Allen, Maureen Berkowitz, Marianne Bonifacic, Ashley Hatley Caruso, Linda Choyce, Joey Coleson, Lin Crook, Diane Deutsch, Sherry English, Lori Grover, Kathy Hartman, Irene Humphrey, Helen Meier, Alice Morava, Laverne Schmidt, Kathy Skowlund, Cathy Slovick, Donna Surinak, and Michelle Weber.

For more information or to reserve tickets, please call the foundation office at 262-741-2107.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Andy Johnson
262-767-6267
andy.johnson@aurora.org

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