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U-M Congenital Heart Center hosts 19th annual Save a Heart Celebration of Food and Wine

Funds from Dec. 2 event will help the U-M Congenital Heart Center at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Congenital Heart Center families and heart research

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Mark your calendars for an evening of good food, wine and company – to benefit University of Michigan’s congenital heart patients.

The 19th Annual “Save a Heart” Celebration of Food and Wine, will be held 6:30 to 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2, at the Michigan League.

The annual event, which features a food and wine tasting from local restaurants and vendors, benefits the U-M Congenital Heart Center at the new U-M C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital, which opens in December.  Funds will also help families of children with heart disease and research.

The strolling event features 100 wines from around the world along with food samples from many Ann Arbor area restaurants, a silent auction and live music.

“Money raised will allow us to continue our tradition of helping our patients and families,” says Sara Hickey, administrative manager at U-M C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital.  “One of our goals is to relieve the families’ financial burdens at an already stressful time.”

Participating restaurants include: Afternoon Delight, Angel Food Catering, The Blue Nile, Bobber Down Bar and Grille, Café Felix, Cakes by Rubina, Coffee Express, Common Grill, Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, Glass House Café, La Dolce Vita, The Melting Pot, Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Sheila Tacy – Lindt Chocolates R.S.V.P. Independent Consultant, University Unions Food Service, Washtenaw Community College Baking and Pastry Program, Whole Foods Market, and Zingerman’s Catering and Events.

Conor O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub/Maeve Murray Memorial Fund is the event’s Premier Sponsor with Running Fit being our Presenting Sponsor. 

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and to find out more visit our website at http://givetomott.org/save-a-heart/.  The website also gives updates on the event including auction items, additional restaurants, and our selection of wines showcased. Or visit us at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Save-A-Heart/146218275389054

The Michigan Congenital Heart Center provides comprehensive care for infants, children and young adults with congenital heart disease through highly trained cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, intensive care specialists, nurses, social workers, anesthesiologists and radiologists.  Our excellence in patient care and an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement in the  care process and outcomes for patients as well as our state of the art facility in the new C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital make the Michigan Congenital Heart Center an important resource not only for the state of Michigan but for the entire country.

U-M C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital has earned the highest rankings in the state of Michigan and is among the best in the country in pediatric specialties according to the U. S. News Media Group’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings for 2011. Mott is ranked in all 10 of the evaluated categories including 3rd in the country in heart care and heart surgery.

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