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Department of External Affairs
Office of Public Affairs
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2010
Contact: Wendy L. Goldstein

Director, Public Affairs

(516) 663-2234

wgoldstein@winthrop.org

RENOWNED VOCALIST RONAN TYNAN TO PERFORM AT WINTHROP'S 13TH ANNUAL NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Mineola, NY – The Department of Pediatrics at Winthrop-University Hospital is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Night at the Opera to benefit the Hospital’s Child Life Program. The event will take place on Thursday evening March 11 at The Garden City Hotel on Seventh Street in Garden City.

This year’s Night at the Opera will feature the magnificent vocals of internationally renowned tenor Ronan Tynan.

Introduced to international audiences as a tenor in the Irish tradition, Tynan is now enjoying a very successful solo career. Popular with a broad audience, Tynan has performed at many illustrious events and at the request of countless dignitaries worldwide. He has performed for several presidential audiences at the White House, and sang at the wedding of New York’s former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to Judith Nathan, at the 80th birthday celebration of former President George H.W. Bush, and at the funeral of President Ronald Reagan. Following the tragedies of 9/11, Tynan performed at many benefits and memorial services in honor of the men and women of the New York Fire Department and New York Police Department. He was also invited to perform in the Concert of Hope prior to the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium in April 2008.

Individual tickets to the 13th Annual Night at the Opera benefit performance, including cocktails and dinner, start at $200; sponsorship packages are available. The funds raised at Night at the Opera support Winthrop’s extraordinary Child Life Program, through which certified Child Life Specialists utilize play and education to improve the understanding of medical procedures; teach relaxation techniques to help the patients cope with illness or surgery, and provide emotional support for the entire family.

“Using a very special team approach, our Child Life Specialists work closely with doctors, nurses and support staff to provide children with a sense of control,” explained Warren Rosenfeld, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics. “This interaction gives our young patients a chance to express their feelings, ask questions and understand the entire hospital experience.”

“We are so appreciative of the community's loyal support to Winthrop's Child Life Program,” said Nicole Almeida, Director of the Child Life Program. “Their goodwill continues to enable the Child Life team to meet the unique psychosocial needs of our pediatric patients and their families.”

For more information or to make a reservation please call the Office of Development at (516) 663–3398. To make reservations online, please visit www.winthrop.org/events.

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