Seinfeld fundraiser nets over $200,000 for QEII Emergency & Trauma Centre

    HALIFAX, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Entertainer Jerry Seinfeld headlined a
one-night-only sellout fundraiser at the Cunard Centre Tuesday night, and in
the process helped the QEII Foundation raise over $200,000 towards the ongoing
construction of a new Emergency & Trauma Centre at the region's busiest health
sciences centre. The Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation's Comedy Cures, which
featured a New York City-styled pre-reception complete with Coney Island
barkers and all the sights and sounds of the 'Big Apple', treated attendees to
the comedian's standup act.
    "This was a tremendous night for us," said Mark Rosen, Chair of the event
and member of the Foundation's volunteer Board of Trustees. "We proved here
tonight that in order to accomplish great things, you not only have to think
big you have to deliver. In our opinion, no one in the entertainment business
is bigger than Jerry Seinfeld." With Seinfeld as the marquee entertainment,
the evening was, as Rosen describes, "a smash hit" and injected much needed
funds into the emergency and trauma centre project.
    "The Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation is proud to be the title sponsor of
this event and help the QEII build this new facility that will benefit Nova
Scotians for years to come" said Marie Mullally, President and CEO of the Nova
Scotia Gaming Corporation "It's obvious from tonight's success that comedy
indeed cures".

    The QEII's current emergency department, now over ten years old, was
designed to handle 35,000 patient visits a year. It averages in the
neighbourhood of 58,000 visits, and in 2002 peaked at a record
72,000 patients.

For further information:

For further information: Steve Jennex, APR, Communications Director,
QEII Foundation, (902) 473-5591

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