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Black-Tie Gala Auction to Benefit Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center

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Duke Health News 919-660-1306

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center's Teddy Bear Ball will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at the Durham Marriott at the Civic Center. All proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric programs at Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center.

The 13th annual ball has raised more than $1.6 million for pediatric programs at Duke. Teddy bears will be paired with more than 300 items -- ranging from framed artwork by children to a Steuben "Deep Flower Bowl" -- and auctioned to the highest bidders. Some featured auction items include a package to attend the 45th annual Grammy Awards in New York; a Duke vs. Maryland basketball package; a cruise to Alaska; a ski trip to Vail, Colo.; a trip to a spa in Sonoma, Calif.; and a chance to be an honorary crew member for Jeff Burton at a NASCAR race in Daytona. Last year's ball raised more than $298,000 for Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center.

The final auction item of the evening will be "Under the Sea," a hand-made quilt that weaves together panels of nautical scenes drawn by youngsters hospitalized at Duke. Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center provides more than $49 million in unreimbursed charity medical care each year.

For more information on the Duke Children's Teddy Bear Ball, call (919) 667-2565. For more information about Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center, visit www.dukechildrens.org.

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