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Title
LORD WEDGEWOOD BLUE DINNER TO BRING AED’S TO ALABAMA
Date
06/12/2012
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BIRMINGHAM (April 8, 2012) – National and local sports celebrities will gather at Rosewood Hall in Homewood on Sunday, April 22 for a common cause - to support the AED programs funded by the Lord Wedgwood Charity, Children's of Alabama and Alabama LifeStart.

Led by Lord Wedgwood Links to Life Celebrity Golf Classic 2012 honorary chairman, Coach Condredge Holloway, A-listers from the world of sports such as Tony Barbee, Mal Moore, Antonio Langham, Brother Oliver, T.R. Dunn and many others will enjoy an evening of food, entertainment and live auction. The evening's Wedgwood Blue Dinner at Rosewood Hall located in SoHo Square is open to the public and tickets are $125 each. One of the highlights of the evening will be live entertainment provided by internationally-known comedian Henry Cho. There will also be a fabulous live auction with items including a week's stay in Ireland, a trip for four to Chicago with tickets to two Cub's games, a Harbor Docks deep sea fishing package, signature pieces of Wedgwood China and Waterford Crystal and jewelry from Bromberg's.

Cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and live auction starting at 7 p.m.

The following day, on Monday, April 23, the 2012 Lord Wedgwood Links to Life Celebrity Golf Classic will tee off at Shoal Creek. The playing field for this year's tournament is limited to only 20 foursomes. Single spots for the tournament are $1,250 and foursomes are $5,000. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and includes a putting clinic with Shoal Creek's Golf Pro Eric Williamson. Teams will tee off at 10 a.m.

Each tournament playing spot includes tickets to the Wedgwood Blue Dinner, and each foursome will include a celebrity member.

For Wedgwood Blue Dinner ticket information, or to register for the golf tournament, please contact Tracy Pharo at 205.939.9014 or tracym.pharo@childrensal.org. For more information on the charity, or to see a complete list of participating celebrities and auction items, please visit www.lwcharity.org.

The purpose of the event is to generate funds for the purchase of AEDs. The Lord Wedgwood Charity, Children's of Alabama and Alabama LifeStart each work to ensure that every public high school, middle school and major gathering place in Alabama is equipped with an AED and have trained personnel that are knowledgeable in how to use the devices.

Defibrillators save lives by automatically diagnosing potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and treating them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. To date, all of Alabama's public high schools are equipped with AEDs but more than 15 public and nearly all private high, middle and junior high schools in the state are still without.

About Lord Wedgwood Charity
After suffering a major heart attack while playing golf in Birmingham in 2001, Lord Piers Wedgwood, international ambassador for Wedgwood China and Waterford Crystal, and member of the British House of Lords, was inspired to give back to the community. Following his recovery, Lord Wedgwood formed the Lord Wedgwood Charity with Birmingham-based business leaders to help place AEDs in high schools and community gathering places. Lord Wedgwood and long-time friend and business partner, Frank Bromberg, III, along with Floyd Larkin and Robbie Robertson, created the Lord Wedgwood Links to Life Celebrity Golf Classic to raise funds. Since its establishment, the Lord Wedgwood Charity has placed AEDs in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana Pennsylvania and Texas. More information is available at www.lwcharity.org.

About Alabama LifeStart
A 2007 survey conducted with the Alabama State Department of Education identified 71 public high schools and 107 public middle schools in the state with no AEDs on campus, including 20 school systems without AEDs in any schools. Cris Brown, working with Dr. Yung Lau and Barbara Mostella of UAB, created Alabama LifeStart to address this need. Before the new initiative was expanded statewide, a grant from Children's of Alabama funded a pilot program that was conducted in the Black Belt where there was a high concentration of schools lacking the devices. Brown has managed the project since its inception.

About Children's of Alabama
Children's of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. It is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked among the best children's hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Children's is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. A 750,000-square-feet expansion is currently under construction and will open in June. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children's. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.