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Madison, Wisconsin - A record $554,000 was raised at the sixth Friends of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Gala on Saturday, February 22. 

More than 1,100 attended the Gala at Monona Terrace. The money was raised through ticket sales and silent and live auctions.

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips entertained the crowd and played hits including Gone, Gone, Gone. Phillips is a brand ambassador for Madison-based American Family Insurance.

The money raised will be used to purchase ventilators for the new pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care units at American Family Children’s Hospital. The units open in May on the new eighth floor of the hospital.

The construction of the seventh and eighth floors, a state-of-the-art imaging pavilion and hybrid catheterization lab were funded by the Sick Kids Can’t Wait campaign. UW Hospital and Clinics President and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky announced the campaign is $2.7 million from goal. American Family Insurance Chairman and CEO Jack Salzwedel said the company will close out the campaign when it reaches within approximately $1 million of its goal. The “Sick Kids Can’t Wait” goal is $15.9 million.  


Date Published: 02/24/2014