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Jay Leno to Perform During WakeMed’s 50th Anniversary Gala

Legendary comedian Jay Leno will perform during a special night of dinner, dancing and laughter at WakeMed’s 50th Anniversary Gala presented by the WakeMed Foundation Society of 1961 and Wells Fargo.

The event will take place Saturday, December 10 at the Raleigh Convention Center. This year’s Gala will be the WakeMed Foundation’s largest event to date. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend, double the attendance of previous years.

The WakeMed Foundation hosts an annual recognition event for the Society of 1961 members who are the major supporters of the hospital contributing more than $1,350 annually.  Society members will be able to attend a special reception prior to the event, benefit from preferred seating, and receive recognition in the event program. 

This year, a limited number of 50th anniversary tickets will also be sold to the public for $250 per person. Tickets are available at

Proceeds from the event will benefit the expansion of the WakeMed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  WakeMed’s NICU offers the highest level of neonatal intensive care to the region’s premature and critically ill newborns. The fundraising campaign will be used to enhance facilities and expand the NICU from 36 to 48 beds, offering more space for families and staff to care for newborn babies.