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REF NO.: 78

SUBJECT: Monte Carlo Charity Gala coming this Friday

DATE: Nov. 25

Note to editors:

Memorial University's 27th Annual Monte Carlo Charity Gala takes place Friday Nov. 28, starting at 7 p.m. in the Delta Hotel ballroom. The medical school classes of 2006 and 2007 are busy preparing to carry on the fine tradition of raising money for charity through a fun-filled evening of live local entertainment, a casino, a dessert café and a charity auction. Attire is formal, black tie optional and everyone is welcome. Admission is free but donation of a non-perishable food item is appreciated.

The tradition of Monte Carlo began with the class of 1980 to raise money to support an injured classmate. At the end of his first year of medical studies in the summer of 1977, Connor Maguire was paralyzed and left quadriplegic following a diving accident. He and his wife currently reside in Edmonton, Alberta, where he is enjoying a successful career in radiology and nuclear medicine. This year's Monte Carlo Event is of particular interest as Dr. Maguire's daughter, Colleen, is part of the Class of 2006 and Dr. and Mrs. Maguire will be attending for the first time since 1981. Over the past 25 years Monte Carlo has raised well over a quarter of a million dollars for charities in the province. The charities selected for this year are: Xavier House, Corner Brook; the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Division; the Calypso Foundation, Lewisporte; the Canadian Council for the Blind, Helen Keller Club, Grand Falls-Windsor; the Canadian Mental Health Association, Newfoundland and Labrador Foundation; and the St. Anthony Boys and Girls Club.

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