BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Nov. 13 Needy women and children inOakland County have been given a big boost in receiving free health careservices such as mammogram screenings and regular pediatrician check-ups withthe generous donation of a two-year lease for a Chrysler 300C to the POH RileyFoundation from Chrysler Jeep Superstores.
The Riley Foundation is unveiling the raffle for the two-year lease at its5th Annual Black-Tie Gala, held this year at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17th atThe Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, and will announce the winner Jan. 31st atthe POH Regional Medical Center in Pontiac. Chrysler Jeep Superstores is apresenting sponsor of the Black-Tie Gala.
The POH Riley Foundation helps provide free health care services throughthe POH Regional Medical Center to women and children who otherwise would notbe able to afford them. The Riley Foundation's Black-Tie Gala raised about$140,000 last year and more than $500,000 during the past four years.
"We're very excited about the Chrysler Jeep Superstores donation of a two-year lease," said Teresa Rodges, director of marketing for the RileyFoundation and the POH Regional Medical Center. "The Black-Tie Gala is ourcornerstone fundraising event for the year. We really think that the chanceto be behind the wheel of a Chrysler 300C will be a strong motivator forpeople to attend this year's gala, and to give a little more than they mighthave initially planned to the Foundation. We're confident we can easily toplast year's total amount raised," she said.
"We're thrilled to be a part of such an important event," said JimSchebil, president of the Chrysler Jeep Superstores Advertising Association, agroup of 39 independently owned Chrysler Jeep Superstores in SoutheastMichigan from Monroe to Fowlerville and from Clinton Township to Port Huron."No child should go without the basic health care services that many of ustake for granted. That this donation helps women and children in our backyardis even more important to us, particularly during these difficult economictimes.
"All of our member stores have a strong history of hometown communityinvolvement. This campaign is a natural extension of that in the metroregion," Schebil said.
Detroit sports legends including former Detroit Lion and Pro Football Hallof Famer, Lem Barney; former Detroit Piston and Naismith Memorial BasketballHall of Famer Dave Bing; and former Detroit Tiger and Baseball Hall of FamerWillie Horton are scheduled to attend the Foundation Gala. Paula Tutman, WDIVLocal 4 News will act as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Chrysler Jeep Superstores will have the luxurious 2008 Chrysler 300Cvehicle on display at The Townsend Hotel during the Gala, and in POH RegionalMedical Center lobby until Jan. 31st.
The Townsend Hotel is located at 100 Townsend Street in Birmingham. ThePOH Regional Medical Center is located at 50 North Perry Street in Pontiac.
For more information or reservations to the POH 5th Annual Black-Tie Gala,call The POH Riley Foundation at 248-338-5698 or visit www.pohmedical.org .
About the POH Riley Foundation:
The POH Riley Foundation was formed to assure that underserved women andchildren could have access to state-of-the-art health care services at POHRegional Medical Center. The POH Riley Foundation has helped hundreds ofuninsured women receive free mammogram screenings, and has helped the POHChildren's Clinic provide more than 30,000 patient visits and free medicationsto underserved children in the Pontiac area, as well as providing referrals toother human service agencies to ensure continued care.
About POH Regional Medical Center:
POH Regional Medical Center is a 338-bed hospital located in downtownPontiac that provides primary and specialty health care services guided by theprinciples of Osteopathic Medicine. POH is a part of the McLaren