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Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Launches Series of Events to Benefit Cardiac Care

Cocktails for a Cause, Jill Davis TOAST, and HeartBeat 5000 Combine to Help Children's of Minnesota Provide Leading Edge Care

MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A series of events kicks off this week to benefit cardiovascular programs at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Cocktails for a Cause will take place on April 16. It is the first of three events organized by patient families to support Children's of Minnesota, a leading cardiac care provider in the country.

Cocktails for a Cause will be followed by the Jill Davis TOAST to Children's Hospitals event on May 7. The 7th annual HeartBeat 5000, formerly PaceMaker 5000, is the last event in this series and will take place on June 27. HeartBeat 5000, a 5K run, walk and Kids Fun Run for Children's health, has raised nearly $850,000 for Children's of Minnesota's cardiac programs.

Jim and Jill Gilbertson founded HeartBeat 5000 after their daughter, Madelyn, was diagnosed with a complete heart block at 23 weeks of gestation. She received a lifesaving pacemaker at Children's of Minnesota shortly after birth. Today, Madelyn is a vibrant child who enjoys dancing, gymnastics, and swimming.

"We founded HeartBeat 5000 as a way to give back to Children's and consider it a tribute to all children with heart defects that challenge their health and well-being," said Jim Gilbertson.

Children's of Minnesota serves the most children with heart disease in the state, and its cardiovascular program is ranked as one of the top providers in the nation for delivering the best outcomes for patients. Children's of Minnesota is in the process of developing a new cardiac care center that will bring all cardiac patient services into a single location. The new center will open in 2010. Money raised through HeartBeat 5000 and related events will help fund the new facility.

A highlight at this year's events will be the auctioning of an original work of art entitled, "Kids on the COUCH" by internationally renowned artist, Anthony R. Whelihan. Five artist proofs will be auctioned off at Cocktails for a Cause and the Jill Davis TOAST to Children's Hospitals. Museum quality posters will also be sold at all three events and can be autographed by Whelihan.

Children's of Minnesota Cardiac Care Event Details:

     -- Cocktails for a Cause -- HeartBeat 5000 Kick-off Event
    What: An evening reception with music by Vic Volare, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, raffle, and silent auction
    Where: Grand Hotel, 615 2nd Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN, 5th floor ballroom
    When: Thurs., April 16, 2009, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
    Tickets: $40 per person
    For ticket information contact Anne Pole at (651) 855-2825 or purchase at the event.

     -- Jill Davis TOAST to Children's Hospitals
    What: A wine reception with hors d'oeuvres and silent auction
    Where: TOAST Wine Bar, 415 N 1st Street, Minneapolis
    When: Thurs., May 7, 2009, 5 to 9 p.m.
    Tickets: $45 per person
    To purchase tickets contact Briana Oakes at (651) 855-2835.

     -- HeartBeat 5000
    What: A 5K walk/run, Kids Fun Run, and kids activities
    Where: Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, 420 Main Street, SE, Minneapolis
    When: Sat., June 27, 2009. 5K walk/run at 9 a.m. and Kids Fun Run at  10 a.m.
    Registration: $25 per person age 9 and older, $15 children younger than 9-years-old
    Visit for more information and to register.

About Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Serving as Minnesota's children's hospital since 1924, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is the seventh -largest pediatric health care organization in the United States, with 332 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children's of Minnesota provides care through more than 14,000 inpatient visits and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits every year. Children's is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children, and in 2008 was ranked among the best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

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