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SEATTLE - (April 21, 2008) – We're so excited and we just can't hide it. The Pointer Sisters will be at the 17th Annual Virginia Mason Dreambuilders' Ball on Saturday, May 10, at the Westin Seattle. More than 800 corporate and philanthropic community leaders will be in attendance for a night of dreams, inspiration and a celebration of the discoveries taking place at the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason. The evening will include premier entertainment, silent and live auctions, gourmet food, black tie and festive dress.

Becky and Jack Benaroya will be honored for their commitment to finding a cure for diabetes. In 1986, Becky and Jack's grandson was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Since then, the Benaroyas have made finding a cure for diabetes one of their most personal and steadfast commitments. The Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is named in recognition of the leadership role the Benaroya family has played in the development of a world-class research institute in Seattle, focused on unlocking the mysteries of the immune system.

"They not only financially support diabetes research, but they also inspire others," says Gary S. Kaplan, MD, CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center. "Their extraordinary commitment propelled Virginia Mason to the forefront of diabetes and autoimmune research, and helped BRI to become the internationally recognized source of groundbreaking research and discovery it is today."

The Pointer Sisters are the featured entertainment for the night. They began their formal vocal training in their father's church and went on to achieve worldwide fame and secured a place in pop music history as a dynamic female group. Their 1973 debut album produced the singles, "Yes We Can, Can" which reached number 11 on Billboard magazine's pop singles chart. Other hits include "I'm So Excited" and "Jump (For My Love)."

Individual tickets at the Patron level are $350 per person, $600 per person at the Benefactor level and $1,000 per person at the Distinguished Benefactor level. Tables of 10 are available starting at $3,500. Additional benefits are received at the Benefactor levels such as listing in the program, private reception and special gifts. For more information about this event, email or call (206) 223-7504.

About Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI), founded in 1956, works to unlock the mysteries of the immune system. Its team of world-renowned scientists is focused on identifying causes and cures for devastating diseases including diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. BRI is an international leader in immune system and autoimmune disease research with a focus on translating laboratory discoveries to real-life applications.

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Alisha Mark
(206) 341-1509

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