You Don't Have to Travel FARR to See the Stars

Lauchwood Dr., Laurinburg, North Carolina 28352

Contact: Karen Gainey, Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 910-291-7550 FAX: 910-291-7996

August 3, 2009

Jamie Farr Scheduled Entertainer

It's big, it's exciting, it's breathtaking…it's the can't-miss elegant black-tie fundraising gala of the season! It's Putting on the Ritz - A Gala of Giving!

One of the many highlights of the evening will come from A-list celebrity entertainer Mr. Jamie Farr. Mike Vinson, Scotland Memorial Foundation's event co-chair, shares the exciting news of the addition of this well-known "star" to this year's Gala. "It may seem early in the year to be talking about Putting on the Ritz, but with our announcement that we've added the incredibly talented and hilarious entertainer Jamie Farr, better known as Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger from the hit TV series M*A*S*H, we expect our November 7th gala to be a sold-out event and the grandest in its 16 year history. We want people to mark their calendars NOW and plan ahead for the Ritz!"

The Lebanese son of a Toledo grocer, Farr received his "Star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1985. He spent 11 years on M*A*S*H, the enormously successful television show about the Korean War. Following that, he and fellow co-stars Harry Morgan and William Christopher spent two years starring in AfterMASH, the sequel. Farr's career began in the late 1950s, when he became a regular on "the Red Skelton Show." He also appeared on "The Danny Kaye Show", "The Dick Van Dyke Show", and was a regular on "the Chicago Teddy Bears" before his role as Klinger on M*A*S*H. "We are extremely excited about having Jamie Farr headline our event," Vinson stated. "He is a very talented entertainer."

"In keeping with the addition of this incredible entertainer to our evening's program, we've added other exciting changes for our Ritz patrons this fall," said Guy McCook, the event's other co-chair. "Our tent is new and improved this year. We're adding dazzling chandeliers and custom draping, glass paneled windows, and upgraded seating to the inside of the ballroom. A fabulous dessert room off the main ballroom will be filled with mouth-watering treats. We're also adding wait-staff to stroll through the ballroom and serve wine to our guests, and to complement our silent auction we're adding a live auction that will feature spectacular items and vacation package deals."

The real stars of Putting on the Ritz, though, are the evening's attendees. Through their generous financial support, Scotland Memorial Foundation is able to fund community programs and services such as annual mammograms for women at the Free Clinic and Cancer Treatment Center, financial assistance for prescriptions and personal items for cancer patients, scholarships for high school seniors pursuing a collegiate course of study in the medical profession, and free sports physicals for middle and high school students.

Mark your calendars and be sure to call the Foundation office at 910-291-7551 to make your reservation or become an event sponsor. For more information, visit and click on the Foundation link at the bottom of the page.

Scotland Health Care System is a community owned, not-for-profit health care system located in Laurinburg, North Carolina. The 154-bed system is comprised of the 104-bed Scotland Memorial Hospital, The 50-bed Edwin Morgan Center, Scotland Memorial Foundation, and Hospice of Scotland County. The Health Care System also owns and operates four primary care facilities, a general surgery practice and an ob/gyn practice.

With more than 1,000 employees, Scotland Health Care System is Scotland County's largest, non-governmental, private employer. Its medical staff includes 67 physicians representing many medical specialties. Scotland Memorial Hospital is ranked in the top ten percent in North Carolina for Surgical Care. In 2008, the Health Care System contributed more than $8 million in charity care to the community.

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