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21st Charity Auction Features Space Odyssey 2001 Theme; Celestial Evening Raises Funds for Patient Care at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (March 2, 2001) -- The 21st Charity Auction hosted by the Friends of the Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center will transform your evening into a heavenly adventure on Saturday, March 31st. The auction bidding blasts into action at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for an early view of the auction items while feasting on hors d' oeuvres (cash bar available).

Items up for bids include airline tickets; more than 50 overnight stays, ranging from Georgia to Maine and everywhere in between; more than 50 dinners for two; Flyers and 76ers tickets (Club Box and other good seats); pamper-yourself packages; electronic goods; gift certificates to museums, stores, sporting events and cultural events; Waterford crystal; Beanie Babies and lots more! Raffle tickets will be sold at the auction. The raffle prize will be a big screen television sponsored by Ernest A. Bock & Sons, General Contractors.

The general admission fee of $20 per person covers your flight! All proceeds from admission tickets and auction bids benefit patient care at Fox Chase. Dress is casual-space attire is welcome!

Reservations are requested by or before Monday, March 12. For reservations and tickets, call Jeanne Nace, Vice President, Membership, 215-728-4769.

The Friends of the Hospital is a member organization of Fox Chase Cancer Center's Board of Associates. Board of Associates groups represent more than 700 volunteers who conduct fund-raising and educational activities to support Center research, patient care and specially designated projects, such as the Prevention Pavilion and the nursing scholarship fund.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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