Washington Regional Gala to Honor Leadership, Vision, and Growth.

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What began in the 1990s as an inventive idea – an annual fundraising gala to provide support for area healthcare needs – now has been reinvented. The Washington Regional Gala is set for 6 p.m., Saturday, July 15, at the recently expanded Walton Arts Center. Attendees can expect a lively program that features unique performances and also spotlights exceptional healthcare leadership.

The highlight of the evening will be the special acknowledgement of Washington Regional’s longest-serving chief executive officer, William L. Bradley, who has set his retirement for this November. The Washington Regional Medical System Board of Directors voted unanimously to honor Bradley at the gala with its Vision Award in recognition of his positive impact on the health of Northwest Arkansas in general and Washington Regional in particular. This is only the third time a Washington Regional board has elected to present a Vision Award, the system’s highest individual honor.

Greg Lee, chair of the Washington Regional board, said, “We believe this is an appropriate way to acknowledge Bill’s 13+ years of exemplary service to Washington Regional and to Northwest Arkansas, and his more than 35 years of visionary leadership in the healthcare industry. Bill’s tenure at Washington Regional has been especially notable due to the system’s extraordinary growth in volumes, services and facilities. Washington Regional’s main campus has doubled in size, with two major facility expansions and new services focused on seniors, hospice care, stroke care and women’s and infants’ care. During his time at Washington Regional, the medical system also implemented enhanced employee programs and created 600 new jobs.”

For more than 25 years, proceeds from the gala have been instrumental to Washington Regional Medical Foundation’s efforts to support the medical system’s mission through community philanthropy and outreach services. Continuing that tradition, proceeds from the 2017 gala will provide support for the Patient Benevolence Fund, which offers assistance to patients who are experiencing financial difficulties.

This year’s gala entertainment will offer attendees a new twist, starting with the dancers, aerialists, visual artists and musicians of performance art ensemble Quixotic Cirque Nouveau, who will provide entertainment throughout the evening – and even throughout the venue. With a unique combination of dance, music, technology and light, the group’s exhilarating display of art in motion has been called “an absolute feast for the senses.” Then, at the end of the evening, an optional after-party with a live band will entertain attendees who wish to keep the fun going.

The gala’s signature pre-performance reception with food and libations will begin at 6 p.m.; the after-party will feature late-night food and drink favorites.

For information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities at this gala honoring leadership, vision and growth, please go to www.wregional.com/gala or call 479-463-4483.

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