Tickets left for surgery fundraiser, Mark Kelly to attend

2012-10-17T06:45:00Z Tickets left for surgery fundraiser, Mark Kelly to attendStephanie Innes ARIZONA DAILY STAR Arizona Daily Star
October 17, 2012 6:45 am  • 

The group Friends of the University of Arizona Trauma Center will host the second Annual "M*A*S*H" Bash fund-raiser on Friday.

Tickets are still available for the event, which is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. at the Pima Air and Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Road.

Among the guests will be retired astronaut Mark Kelly, whose wife, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was treated at the trauma center after she was shot in the head on Jan. 8, 2011.

Tickets are $250 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call Kari Schlachtenhaufen at 626-2222 . Tickets may be bought online at www.uafoundation.org/events/MASHBash

The museum will be transformed into a camouflaged mobile army surgical hospital mimicking the "M*A*S*H" hit television series, organizers say .

Highlights include live entertainment by a USO-style group, along with a Cab Calloway impersonator and a “Rosie's Bar.” Guests are encouraged to dress in "M*A*S*H"-era or Asian-style clothing.

The cost to provide the top-tier Level 1 trauma center is estimated at more than $47 million a year. Money raised at the event will help to support research and training at the UA Medical Center's Trauma and Burn Program.

The UA Medical Center has the only top level trauma center in Southern Arizona. That means it’s the region’s sole hospital equipped to handle patients with the most severe injuries — those likely to cause death or significant disability in children and adults.

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