Miracles Gala to Benefit Joint Replacement Institute

(Hartford, Conn.) – Up to 1,400 guests are expected to turn out at the Connecticut Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 17 for this year’s MIRACLES gala, presented by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  The black-tie event will raise funds to benefit the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute (CJRI) at Saint Francis.
“Our sold-out event once again underscores the broad and deep relationships that Saint Francis has forged in our community.  We are deeply grateful for this outpouring of support,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, president and CEO of Saint Francis.
Established in 2007, CJRI is a “hospital within a hospital” providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive joint replacement surgery in a compassionate, caring environment in Saint Francis’ new John T. O’Connell Tower.  With more than 9,000 operations performed in the last four years, CJRI is the highest -volume joint replacement surgery center in Connecticut.
“We are thrilled to have this center of excellence as our MIRACLES beneficiary this year,” said Ellen Fox, co-chair of this year’s gala.  “In four years, CJRI has set a new standard in orthopedic surgery in Connecticut and the nation.”
Begun in 1990 to celebrate the just completed affiliation of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital, the annual MIRACLES galas have raised more than $12 million for Saint Francis initiatives.  This year’s gala is expected to add $900,000 to that total.
“We’re anticipating an exciting evening that will be a true tribute to the quality, compassionate care that Saint Francis provides for our community,” said Anita Schepker, co-chair.
The evening begins with a cocktail reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing to the music of BOSS from 8 p.m. to midnight.  There will also be a silent wine auction from 6 to 9:30 p.m.