Flight-simulatorPenn Presbyterian friends, staff and supporters joined in an evening of high-flying fun and philanthropy at Vie on Friday, March 7, for the hospital’s 13th annual fundraiser. As more than 400 guests stepped into the Top Gun-themed party, they donned jumpsuits and aviator sunglasses, and were invited to participate in a thrilling flight-simulator experience. The silent auction attracted attention, thanks to generous donations from local jewelers, restaurants, theaters and companies.

Proceeds from the event far surpassed fundraising expectations for the John Paul Pryor, MD, FACS, Shock Trauma and Resuscitation (STAR) Unit at Penn Presbyterian’s new trauma center.

As we look forward to welcoming the new trauma center at PPMC, faculty, staff and friends felt it fitting to honor one of the trauma department’s most passionate leaders and a true American hero. On Christmas Day in 2008, Dr. Pryor was serving as a combat surgeon in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corp in Iraq when he was killed by mortar shrapnel. His loss has been felt deeply throughout the Penn Medicine community, the city of Philadelphia and beyond. This year’s annual fundraiser was an opportunity for friends, family and colleagues of Dr. Pryor to come together and celebrate his life as we carry on his legacy of providing excellent care to those in need.

Thanks to the dedicated staff and generous friends of Penn Presbyterian, the 13th annual fundraiser, Top Gun, was a delightful success. Click here to view more photos from the event.

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