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Young Philanthropist event raises more than $70,000 for endowment
AUGUSTA, GA – The third annual Young Philanthropist event raised more then $70,000 to establish a new endowment for cardiovascular education and patient care at University Hospital.
More than 400 attended the Nov. 29 event at historic St. Paul’s Church, which featured a special concert by the sons of former Augusta cardiologist, John W. Kelly, M.D., Josh, Charles and John Kelley.
The invitation only concert, dubbed “Rockin’ on the River” was sponsored by University Health Care Foundation. The proceeds were used to create special endowment in Dr. Kelley’s name for the education of clinicians at University’s Harry T. Harper Jr., M.D. School of Cardiac and Vascular Technology and to benefit patients at University’s new Heart & Vascular Institute.
The Kelley brothers are natives of Augusta all lifelong musicians, with the younger two having successful careers in popular music.
Charles Kelley is one third of the country trio Lady Antebellum, which was selected as 2008 “New Artist of the Year” by the Country Music Association. Josh Kelley is a popular singer-songwriter, whose tunes can be heard in several Hollywood movie soundtracks, including “My Super Ex-girlfriend” and “John Tucker Must Die.” He is married Emmy award winning actress Katherine Heigl.
University Hospital’s new Heart & Vascular Institute, which is scheduled to open in February 2009, is a world-class facility, thoughtfully and masterfully designed around the patient experience. It brings together a healing environment, family focused care and decades of clinical experience – all designed to support patients from diagnosis to rehabilitation and all under one roof. It is the largest, most-comprehensive facility of its kind in the region, with 200,000 square feet of space, including new expansive state-of-the-art operating rooms.