“Best Party in the Valley” to Recognize Pivotal Contributions of Valley Philanthropists

Stroke Recovery Center will host its 34th annual Winter Wonderland Ball on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at The Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa, 71333 Dinah Shore Drive in Rancho Mirage. Lee Appel and Harold Matzner will serve as co-chairs for the black tie gala, which will honor several Valley philanthropists.
This year’s honorees are Valley philanthropist Donna MacMillan, Stroke Recovery Center board member Harvey Gerber and his wife, Angie, and Dr. Javed Siddiqi, head of the Primary Stroke Center at Desert Regional Medical Center. Dr. Siddiqi has been instrumental in making the most advanced stroke treatments and equipment available to local patients, and will be honored with the Ann Angel Award. The late Ann Angel was a longtime supporter of Stroke Recovery Center, and her family remains dedicated to the organization.
“We are honored to show our tremendous appreciation and support for the charitable work that is being done by so many here in our Valley,” says Beverly Greer, Chief Executive Officer of Stroke Recovery Center. “There are so many outstanding individuals who commit themselves to the care of others, and we are privileged to honor a few of these wonderful persons who make the Valley a better place to live.”
The evening begins with a hosted cocktail reception at 6 pm followed by dinner, dancing, and a silent auction at 7 pm. A lively music program by Wayne Foster Entertainment is back by popular demand and will have the whole room dancing. Tickets are $350 per person and may be purchased by calling 760-323-7676 x112. RSVP is requested by November 19.
“We anticipate that this year’s event will be even bigger and better than ever, and we hope everyone will join us for the best party in the desert!” says James P. Martinez, Director of Development for Stroke Recovery Center. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact James Martinez via email at jpmartinez@strokerecoverycenter.org or call 760-323-7676, extension 112.
Founded in 1978 by Dr. Irving Hirshleifer, the Stroke Recovery Center offers long-term rehabilitation to the survivors of stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with support for their families, caregivers, and loved ones. Services are structured to each client’s need and include exercise, cognitive training, speech therapy and counseling, along with education, nutrition, socialization, and just plain fun. All services are free, since insurance coverage does not exist for the long-term treatment of stroke or TBI. With an annual budget approaching $1 million dollars, the Center relies exclusively on fundraising events, foundations, family donations, and revenues from its on-site thrift shop to fund the more than 10,000 visits it provides to more than 280 clients per year, five days per week.
For more information, please call (760) 323-7676 or visit www.strokerecoverycenter.org.