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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Sept. 27 Gala salutes Franciscan St. Francis Health’s centennial of service

INDIANAPOLIS – Several local luminaries will join more than 800 guests attending the Centennial Gala celebration of Franciscan St. Francis Health, 6:30 PM to 11 PM, Saturday, Sept. 27 at the JW Marriott.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Franciscan Hospice House, which will be located at hospital’s south-side campus. The facility will serve more than 600 families annually when it opens in Fall 2015.

WTHR-13 reporter and anchor Kris Kirschner will emcee this black-tie event. And among the featured speakers and other high-profile guests are Gala honorary co-chairs, John Lechleiter, Eli Lilly and Company president and CEO; Archbishop Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis; and Robert J. Brody, president and CEO of Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Among the most special guests will be the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration. The Sisters established their health ministry and constructed a hospital in the fledgling community of Beech Grove in 1914. That mission has since flourished throughout Central Indiana.

To learn more about the history of Franciscan St. Francis Health click on this VIDEO

The Gala includes historic videos and other visuals (one of which will soon be on display at the Indiana Historical Society), silent and live auctions and musical entertainment.