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Former Good Morning America Co-Host and Author Joan Lunden Hosts Casa Colina's 75h Anniversary Gala, June 1st

05/07/2013

Proceeds to Benefit Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation

POMONA, Calif. – For 75 years, the not-for-profit Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation has been a unique place of recovery and restoration. Its highly trained and experienced team of physicians, therapists, and nurses has helped more than 210,000 people reclaim their physical and cognitive abilities by providing them advanced rehabilitation services after an injury or illness.

To help celebrate its storied history of hope and healing, Casa Colina is welcoming Joan Lunden, a well-known journalist, entrepreneur, health and wellness advocate and the former host of ABC's Good Morning America as the special guest host of its 75th Anniversary Galaon Saturday, June 1st at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona. Proceeds from the gala black tie event will benefit Casa Colina's nationally renowned programs and services.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner, dancing and live entertainment at 7 p.m.

For nearly two decades, Lunden was the co-host of ABC's Good Morning America, where she reported from 26 countries, covered four U.S. presidents, five Olympic Games, and two royal weddings. She set a record as the longest-running host of an early morning television program and became one of America's most recognized and trusted television personalities. For more than 30 years, her career has continued to evolve and thrive. She has made regular appearances on the Biography Channel and the Fox News Channel. She is a successful entrepreneur and the author of eight books, including co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregiving. As the daughter of a physician, she has also become a passionate advocate for women's health and wellness.

"As a journalist and health and wellness advocate, I have always been drawn to and inspired by remarkable stories of courage, which is why I am honored to host Casa Colina's 75th Anniversary Gala," says Lunden. "Casa Colina has helped countless numbers of people afflicted with debilitating conditions and devastating injuries overcome impossible odds to regain their independence."

Since 1998 and with the support of Casa Colina's Board of Directors, Casa Colina's President and Chief Executive Officer Felice L. Loverso, Ph.D. has spearheaded the rebuilding, renovation and revitalization of Casa Colina while preserving its rich history and tradition. Together, they created a vision for Casa Colina by addressing the needs of the community. This vision included becoming a Center of Excellence in rehabilitation and transforming Casa Colina Hospital into the core of a comprehensive continuum of care.

Seventy-five years later, Casa Colina continues to expand its facilities and services with the opening of a new 24,000 square-foot Medical Office Building, located on the Pomona Campus, in June 2013. Construction will also begin this year on an additional 31 medical-surgical beds for Casa Colina Hospital that will include three operating rooms, one procedure room and six surgical intensive care beds.

"Casa Colina has always understood that it is one institution among many serving the health care needs of our community. We provide high quality specialized services that complement the work of hospitals, physicians, nurses and many other health care providers. Casa Colina's expansion efforts will continue this long and cooperative tradition, providing options for patients and physicians that extend the capabilities of health services in the region," explained Dr. Loverso.

For more information on the event, to donate, or become a sponsor, please contact Casa Colina Foundation at (909) 596-7733 Ext. 2223 or e-mail: events@casacolina.org.

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