Temple University Hospital Auxiliary Sparkles at 62nd Acres of Diamonds Gala

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by Bonnie Squires

Temple University Hospital’s Auxiliary held the very successful 62nd Acres of Diamonds awards gala at the Westin in Center City, raising $315,000. In addition, Auxiliary president Mary McNamara announced that the Auxiliary was donating $200,000 in order to complete the fundraising for renovations to the Erny Auditorium. The Diamond Award went to Robert McNamara, M.D., and the Emergency Medicine Department at Temple Hospital. Three new awards were bestowed: to Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross; Fran Dunphy, Head Coach of Temple University’s Men’s Basketball Team; and Dr. Yoshiya Toyoda, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Temple.

Dr. Larry Kaiser proudly announced to the 300 guests that 60 of the Temple University physicians are listed in Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Doctors round-up. He also praised Dr. Toyoda for making Temple’s heart transplant division a national model.

FROM LEFT, the inaugural Cherry and White Award-winner Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, Jane Scaccetti, chairman of the hospital board of directors; Lindy Snider and her husband Larry Kaiser, M.D., CEO of the Temple University Health System. Photo by Bonnie Squires

FROM LEFT, the inaugural Cherry and White Award-winner Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, Jane Scaccetti, chairman of the hospital board of directors; Lindy Snider and her husband Larry Kaiser, M.D., CEO of the Temple University Health System. Photo by Bonnie Squires

PRESENTING the award-winners are, from left, Larry Kaiser, M.D., CEO of the Temple University Health System; Stephanie Stahl, CBS 3 health reporter and M.C. of the evening; Yoshiya Toyoda, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery; Robert McNamara, M.D., accepting on behalf of the Emergency Medicine Department at Temple Hospital; Fran Dunphy, Head Coach of Temple University's Men's Basketball Team; Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross; and president of the Auxiliary Mary McNamara, who co-chaired the Acres of Diamonds Gala. Photo by Bonnie Squires

PRESENTING the award-winners are, from left, Larry Kaiser, M.D., CEO of the Temple University Health System; Stephanie Stahl, CBS 3 health reporter and M.C. of the evening; Yoshiya Toyoda, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery; Robert McNamara, M.D., accepting on behalf of the Emergency Medicine Department at Temple Hospital; Fran Dunphy, Head Coach of Temple University’s Men’s Basketball Team; Daniel J. Hilferty, President and CEO of Independence Blue Cross; and president of the Auxiliary Mary McNamara, who co-chaired the Acres of Diamonds Gala. Photo by Bonnie Squires

AMY Goldberg, M.D., interim Chair of Surgery, from left, and Betty Craig, Chief Nursing Officer, both at Temple Hospital. Photo by Bonnie Squires

AMY Goldberg, M.D., interim Chair of Surgery, from left, and Betty Craig, Chief Nursing Officer, both at Temple Hospital. Photo by Bonnie Squires

KYW executive David Yadgaroff, from left, and his attorney wife Jamie; and Sue and Greg Siano, of Tierney Advertising, enjoyed the Gala dinner and awards. Photo by Bonnie Squires

KYW executive David Yadgaroff, from left, and his attorney wife Jamie; and Sue and Greg Siano, of Tierney Advertising, enjoyed the Gala dinner and awards. Photo by Bonnie Squires

COACH FRAN Dunphy, seated, with his wife, Ree, were joined by his brother Dennis Murphy and his wife Kim, for the dinner before the awards. Photo by Bonnie Squires

COACH FRAN Dunphy, seated, with his wife, Ree, were joined by his brother Dennis Murphy and his wife Kim, for the dinner before the awards. Photo by Bonnie Squires

DR. BRETT Horwitz and Dr. Brenda Horwitz were welcomed to the Gala by Dr. Larry Kaiser, the CEO of the Temple Health System. Photo by Bonnie Squires

DR. BRETT Horwitz and Dr. Brenda Horwitz were welcomed to the Gala by Dr. Larry Kaiser, the CEO of the Temple Health System. Photo by Bonnie Squires

JERRY KLINE, Esq., a partner in the Obermayer law firm, and a member of the Temple Hospital board of directors, was there with his wife Cynthia. Photo by Bonnie Squires

JERRY KLINE, Esq., a partner in the Obermayer law firm, and a member of the Temple Hospital board of directors, was there with his wife Cynthia. Photo by Bonnie Squires

REPRESENTING the former president of Temple University, Peter J Liacouras, were his son Gregory and daughter-in-law Leslie Smith, of the Liacouras & Smith law firm. Photo by Bonnie Squires

REPRESENTING the former president of Temple University, Peter J Liacouras, were his son Gregory and daughter-in-law Leslie Smith, of the Liacouras & Smith law firm. Photo by Bonnie Squires

LORINA Marshall-Blake of Independence Blue Cross was there with Orville Coxin to applaud Dan Hilferty, the IBX CEO. Photo by Bonnie Squires

LORINA Marshall-Blake of Independence Blue Cross was there with Orville Coxin to applaud Dan Hilferty, the IBX CEO. Photo by Bonnie Squires

AUXILIARY President Mary McNamara, in addition to being proud of her award-winning husband, Dr. Robert McNamara, announced an additional $200,000 donation by her organization in order to complete renovations on the hospital's Erny Auditorium. Photo by Bonnie Squires

AUXILIARY President Mary McNamara, in addition to being proud of her award-winning husband, Dr. Robert McNamara, announced an additional $200,000 donation by her organization in order to complete renovations on the hospital’s Erny Auditorium. Photo by Bonnie Squires

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY President Neil Theobald and his wife Sheona enjoyed the evening with Temple COO Verdi DiCesa. Photo by Bonnie Squires

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY President Neil Theobald and his wife Sheona enjoyed the evening with Temple COO Verdi DiCesa. Photo by Bonnie Squires

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