UNC REX 125th Celebration

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UNC REX 125th Celebration

What a magical night we had! You were part of history as we celebrated UNC REX’s 125th year of serving the Triangle.

Thank you for attending our 125th Celebration Gala on November 10th. We hope you enjoyed making connections with friends, reminiscing about the past and looking ahead. The event was a grand success, focusing on funding the future, showcasing the critical work of the hospital and, of course, the high-energy fun with the live auction and paddle raise! Your generosity astounded us and helped to raise over $370,000 that evening.

Here are some highlights of the event in photos: Gallery #1  Gallery #2

Thank you to everyone who sponsored our 125th Celebration!

Landmark Sponsors-
American Anesthesiology/ MEDNAX
Wake Radiology

Founder Sponsors-
Chip and Judy Anderson
First Citizens Bank
Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Grew
Martin Marietta Materials
REX Digestive Healthcare

Legacy Sponsors-
Ascendient Healthcare Advisors, Inc.
Bell Family Foundation
Carolina Sunrock LLC
Curtis Foundation
Delta Dental of North Carolina
Dick and Marlene Daugherty
First Horizon Bank
Perkins + Will
PNC Bank
Raleigh Emergency Medicine Associates, Inc.
Robert & Tracy Winston Foundation
Rodgers Builders, Inc.
UNC REX Heart & Vascular Service Line
Flo and Charlie Winston and Family
Wyrick Robbins Yates and Ponton

In-kind Sponsors-
Artfully Arranged- Martha Mazur
Empire Distributors, Inc.
Geiger- Ashley Moss
Gregory Poole Equipment Co.
Johnson Brothers- Mutual Distributing of NC
Joseph C. Woodard Printing
Nationwide Parking & Valet
PRIME Barbecue
Vine Rich Event Planning

Sincere appreciation to our dedicated and visionary Gala Co-Chairs: Marion Winston and Fairley Bell Cook

Many thanks to our Planning Committee:
Sylvia Hackett, Catrina Vienrich, Sammie Best, Chef Ryan Conklin, Tara Freeman, and Linnett Ebanks

Kudos to the UNC REX Board of Trustees who is dedicated to the success of the hospital and the quality care of all of our patients, every day.
· Catharine B. Arrowood
· Teresa C. Artis
· Ernie Bovio
· Wesley Burks, M.D.
· Ann S. Collins, M.D., Chair
· Courtney A. Crowder
· Peter D. Hans
· Steven C. Lilly
· C. Howard Nye
· Gary L. Park
· Bobby T. Parker
· Rig S. Patel, M.D.
· Jason Sandner

Funding from the event will greatly impact the patients we serve. You should feel very proud of your support for the four areas that will benefit from the 125th Celebration Gala proceeds:

Nursing Excellence Fund-
Our nurses are the best and brightest. We are driving innovation through a focus on knowledge, expertise and learning – in a culture where genuine caring and compassion are evident. The Nursing Excellence Fund helps to retain the high-performing nursing talent that is central to our culture of excellence. Every year, this fund provides annual nursing scholarships, as well as funding for certification, recertification and professional conferences.

Neonatal ICU-
Each year, our neonatology team cares for 450 to 500 newborns with critical needs. Your gift supplies specialized equipment to provide the ideal environment for critically ill little ones to become strong and healthy, mom/baby bonding support, a new resource and respite area for families and continuous staff training.

Patient Assistance Fund-
The Patient Assistance Fund helps patients in financial need. By supporting this fund, you give peace of mind by allowing patients to focus on health and healing. Your gift keeps patients actively participating in their treatment by providing transportation to clinics for follow up visits, medications that help prevent serious complications, nutritional supplements, and home health care equipment.

Emergency Services-
When you or someone you love is in need of immediate medical care, you trust the caring and experienced physicians, nurses, technicians and specialists at UNC REX. With 24-hour emergency services and state-of-the-art technology, the Emergency Department provides superior emergency care for our patients and the community. Your funding will help improve the Emergency Room waiting area with more comfort and efficiency, including the addition of private consult areas, as well as artwork. This enhanced patient and family experience will ease stress and add a sense of calm during an often chaotic time.

We appreciate YOU! Thank you for being part of the celebration and helping UNC REX commemorate such a special milestone!

2017 Rex Gala: Celebrating 30 years!

The 30th annual Rex Gala was held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Proceeds from the 2019 Gala will help expand UNC Rex’s ability to serve behavioral health patients. There is currently a critical shortage of behavioral health beds across the state.

2016 Rex Gala: Follow your Heart to Rex!

The 29th annual Rex Gala was held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the state-of-the-art Heart & Vascular Hospital, slated to open in early 2017.

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2015 Rex Gala: The World Awaits Supporting Rex Patient Assistance Funds

On October 24, 2015, The Rex Gala celebrated its 28th year of supporting the patients of Rex Healthcare.

The Gala honored the longtime support and leadership of Mr. and Mrs. J. Gregory Poole, Jr. All proceeds raised will support Rex Patient Assistance Funds. These funds exist to help mitigate the financial strain that serious illness causes in many families. Donations will provide our most vulnerable patients with groceries, transportation assistance and prescription medication. By addressing these needs, those in the greatest risk, are more likely to stay on track with their treatment.

The black tie event, held at the Raleigh Convention Center, began with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. A sit-down dinner followed. The event featured world class entertainment, a silent auction and a Dream Vacation Raffle.

Presented by:



  • Dancing at the 2015 Rex Gala
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  • CC Poole, Greg Poole III, Kenan Poole II, Mary Ann Poole, Greg Poole, Jr., Harrison Poole, Alison Poole, Stephanie Kenan Poole, and Vaughan Poole at the 2015 Rex Gala
  • Stephanie Wilson, Darleen Johns, Hedy Caldwell and Dawn Zachary at the 2015 Rex Gala
  • Asia at the 2015 Rex Gala
  • Steve Burriss, Tina Burriss, Robyn Chase and Steve Chase at the 2015 Rex Gala
  • Dorothy Nance and Keith Nance, M.D. at the 2015 Rex Gala
  • Ken Reece, Amy Tharrington, Ken Shell and Terri Shell at the 2015 Rex Gala

Rex Gala 2014


Our 2014 Big Top Gala proudly honored longtime friends and Rex supporters Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Winston, co-founders of the Angus Barn, Darryl’s, and Pizza Inn restaurants and Winston Hotels.

The Winstons contribute their time, talent and treasure to numerous civic and education initiatives throughout the Triangle, and for an incredible 50 years, that has included serving Rex Hospital. Flo has been a long-time member and President of the Rex Guild and a past Trustee. Charlie has served as a foundation board member and trusted advisor. Both have been volunteers, philanthropists and friends in many ways.

For the evening’s festivities, carnival games provided fun and friendly competition, and our biggest winner of the evening was the Patient Assistance Fund. Kicked off by a generous gift from the Winston family, the Call for Donations raised more than $50,000. The wildly successful Silent Auction added $30,000 more, bringing the final fundraising tally to $258,000.

Just think of the patients who will benefit from this incredible kindness and generosity.

Thank you, Flo and Charlie, for your leadership, your enthusiasm for philanthropy and the example you have set for those around you. The impact of your generosity will be felt for years and years to come.



Our Mix, Mingle, and Shake Gala drew 600 guests to Raleigh Convention Center November 9 to raise $250,000 for the new Rex Mobile Heart and Vascular Screening Unit. Ms. Cady Thomas and Mrs. Elizabeth Alley co-chaired the event, which honored Mr. and Mrs. W. Trent Ragland Jr. long-time supporters and community philanthropists. Ragland is also a past Rex Trustee.

Guests enjoyed the sounds of The Rat Pack Now and were treated to a updated 1960s-style dinner complete with shrimp cocktail shooters, chicken divan casserole and pineapple upside down cake.

Special thanks go to our top sponsors — North Carolina Heart & Vascular, PSAV, PNC Bank, and Raleigh Radiology — and to BBH Design for their $10,000 gift through our Call for Donations.

Rex Gala 2012


Celebrating the Rex Gala’s 25th Anniversary, appropriately titled, “Wild About Rex,” nearly 800 guests came together November 10 to raise a record $343,628. Co-chairs Dr. James Zidar and Dr. Michael Zellinger inspired the crowd by introducing patient John Edens, 86, a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patient who was able to dance at his granddaughter’s wedding thanks to the innovative surgery performed at Rex.

Entertainment featured fire dancers and African drums. The audience raised $50,000 during the Call for Donations, sending the evening’s total soaring past the $310,000 goal.

To keep Rex’s Heart and Vascular program ahead of the curve, this funding supplies advanced imaging equipment, continued training for our specialists, cardiologists and nurses, and patient assistance.

Rex Gala 2011


More than 650 enjoyed our black-tie event chaired by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen V. Chiavetta, which succeeded in bringing in gifts of all sizes, ensuring that Rex supporters make a life-changing impact on patients. Held in late October at Raleigh Convention Center, the Healing Garden-themed evening raised $268,685 to support cancer care at Rex, with the Call for Donations raising an impressive $37,870.