Black-tie event to be held Oct. 27 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute will hold its inaugural black-tie fundraising gala on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis will emcee the masquerade ball event hosted by Friends of WVU Medicine. The evening is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. with registration, silent auction viewing, and a welcome reception, followed by the dinner program at 7 p.m. The Marquise Band, a seven-piece band with three singers and four-piece rhythm section, will take the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Funds raised by the gala will benefit three philanthropic efforts at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute:

  • The Patient Access and Assistance Fund, a new program created to help support patients and their families who may be unable afford the cost of travel or may have limited ability to travel for essential medical appointments or lifesaving procedures;
  • The Remote Medical Fund, which will equip remote outreach clinics with advanced medical diagnostic technology, such as innovative hand-held heart ultrasounds and heart rhythm detection devices that provide access to immediate readings with a high degree of accuracy. As part of the Institute’s telehealth initiative, these new efforts aim to increase early diagnosis at much-needed rural clinics throughout West Virginia and beyond, often helping patients receive the care they need close to home while detecting serious illness much earlier; and
  • The Innovation and Research Fund, which supports the ongoing innovative and groundbreaking research that is being developed at the Institute. This essential effort not only benefits the citizens of West Virginia and the surrounding states but also has a global impact on treatments, such as heart assist devices, transplantation, advanced robotics, catheter-based therapy, and advanced heart imaging. 

Individual tickets are $225 and can be purchased on the event website at Tickets are still available but availability may be limited. Information on existing sponsorship opportunities is available on the event website or by contacting Kristen Shipp at 304-293-1873 or

Masquerade masks are available in advance at the J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital Gift Shop or online at  

For more information about the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, visit