Festival To Celebrate Opening of New Mission Bay Medical Center

August 04, 2014
Kathleen Masterson

The hard hat walk for the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

To mark the near-completion of the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, UC San Francisco is holding a celebratory 5K walk followed by an outdoor festival, featuring food, music and a spectacular light show.

The Hard Hat Walk and Lights On Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 6. The event will kick off at 3:30 p.m. with expo booths and entertainment, including live music, face painting, a circus alley and local radio stations. A few hours later, members of the construction team who built the medical center will lead participants in a leisurely walk around the new complex, along Mission Bay's waterfront and AT&T park. There will be snack stations, rest stops and entertainment along the route.

Hard Hat Walk
3:30 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6
$25 minimum donation or fundraising total

Lights On Festival
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6
$100 minimum donation or fundraising total
(Participants ages 12 and under can attend for free, with adult)

The walk and festival are a fun way that the public and UCSF community can help to raise the final dollars needed to complete the new medical center. Participants are asked to raise or donate at least $25 to join the Hard Hat Walk, with prizes given for different levels of fundraising. Walkers can register online in advance, and are encouraged to join a team or form a new team. Participants may also register the day of the event.

"The excitement at UCSF about the opening of our new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is palpable," says Kathy Balestreri, executive director of Patient Services at UCSF Medical Center.

After the walk, participants who raise or donate at least $100 are invited to attend the Lights On Festival, a lively party with complimentary food from more than 20 top San Francisco restaurants and live music entertainment. As the sun sets, the grand finale light show will begin, a professionally choreographed display culminating in the switching on of the medical center lights.

"The center is an exciting new space where patients will experience amazing care coupled with the latest technology, innovation and research. We urge our patients, faculty, staff and students to join us in this fundraising effort," Balestreri said.

Supporters also can participate by volunteering at the event. And for those who can't attend but would like to support the medical center, they can donate to support a team online.

About UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Medical Center consistently ranks as one of the top 10 hospitals in the United States. Recognized for innovative treatments, advanced technology, collaboration among health care professionals and scientists, and a highly compassionate patient care team, UCSF Medical Center serves as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco. The medical center's nationally preeminent programs include children's health, the brain and nervous system, organ transplantation, women's health and cancer. It operates as a self-supporting enterprise within UCSF and generates its own revenues to cover the operating costs of providing patient care.

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