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WCA Hospital Announces Entertainment for 125th Birthday Party

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Jacqueline Temple, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Pathologist at WCA Hospital, conducts a diagnostic audiological assessment on a patient. WCA Speech and Hearing will hold free speech, hearing and swallowing screenings, May 12th & 13th.

Jamestown, New York, (Tuesday, May 11, 2010)—On Sunday, May 23, WCA Hospital will host a 125th Birthday Party from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., on the grounds of WCA Hospital, 207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown, in commemoration of 125 years of service to its community.  The event is a fun-filled afternoon, open to the public. The Infinity Big Band, Bill Ward, and The Wind River Band will provide entertainment for the celebration.

“Please mark your calendars and join us as we honor our illustrious past and celebrate our bright future,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “We thank everyone for trusting us in their care and inspiring us to give our best each and every day and encourage the public to attend this special event as we honor 125 years of service to a community we have been so privileged to serve.”

Outside, on the front lawn of WCA Hospital, a stage will feature live, local musical entertainment from the Infinity Big Band, from Noon to 12:45 p.m., Bill Ward & Amanda Barton, from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m., and the Wind River Band, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The Infinity Big Band is a county-wide ensemble comprised of 17 talented youth.  The band will be performing an variety of music – something for everyone – at the birthday party.  An after-school and weekend activity program under the musical direction of John Cross, Infinity provides Chautauqua County students the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (including voice) and to perform and record songs. The Infinity Learning Lab is located prominently on East Third Street in downtown Jamestown. The lab consists of a large rehearsal and recording stage that is raised several inches from the floor. A keyboard, drum kit, microphone stands and several guitars are scattered on the stage. Most of the funding for the program comes from donations and grants. Today, Infinity serves over 100 county-wide students.

Bill Ward has performed acoustically for almost three decades throughout the Eastern United States. The Wind River is a bluegrass band comprised of local musical talent, including Vern Ahlgren (banjo), Pat Corey (guitar), Steve Strom (mandolin), and Don Strom (bass). Wind River has shared the stage with Ronda Vincent, Vassar Clements, The Doerfels, as well as Bill Ward and Amanda Barton at the Mayville Bluegrass Festival.  For the past five years, Wind River has been the host band for annual fundraising events for the St. Susan Center and other area community events.

Inside, the WCA Hospital Auditorium will feature live comedy.  From 12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m., The Unexpected Guests, a local improvisational comedy troupe, will entertain the public. So, what can you expect from The Unexpected Guests?  Well, that’s up to the audience. The scenes are all based on audience suggestions. At 1:15, WCA Hospital employee Diane Marlatt assumes the personality of her alter ego, “Maude”, who is sure to make you laugh.

Tickets for a ¼ chicken barbecue ($6 pre-sale, $7 event) and hot dog meal ($3.50 pre-sale, $4.50) are now available at WCA Hospital in the Pearl City Café or Hospital Cafeteria. These meals include pasta salad, fruit, potato chips, dinner roll, ice cream, and soda.  $1 from each meal sold will benefit WCA’s Sharing the Gift of Health capital campaign for our new Emergency Department.

Harvey Sanden, “The Balloon Man”, will bring a smile to faces young and old with his unique brand of balloon fun.  Kids will also enjoy games, face-painting, balloons, cotton candy, popcorn, giveaways and of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE.

Chartered in 1885, The Woman’s Christian Association (WCA) of Jamestown, New York was founded as a boarding house for young working women and a one room hospital for its residents and other sick and injured persons.  From these humble beginnings, WCA Hospital has continued to grow and expand to meet the ever-changing needs of the community and surrounding areas.  Today, WCA Hospital is Southwestern New York’s largest not-for-profit national award-winning healthcare provider, employing nearly 1,200 employees, 100 physicians on the medical staff, and over 120 active volunteers.

Bring your friends, family, neighbors and your lawn chairs!  For more information, please contact WCA 125th Birthday Party, contact Event Organizer, Toni DeAngelo, at (716) 664-8677 or

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