For Immediate Release
3/21/2022

LifeBridge Health Announces the Return of the Magic of Life Gala (April 30) Following Pandemic Break

Magic of Life Gala 

Health System Also Announces Preeminent Co-Chairs to Lead One of the Area’s Top Fundraising Events That Benefits Patients, Programs and Services

Comedian Martin Short and Band Leader Paul Shaffer to Headline the Evening

Magic of Life Gala Entertainers

Baltimore - LifeBridge Health is excited to announce the return of the Magic of Life Gala, celebrating team members, executives, physicians, partners, patients, donors and board members for their commitment to upholding the organization’s “Care Bravely” credo. The event will be held on Saturday, April 30 starting at 6pm at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and this year’s esteemed gala co-chairs are Keith and Alissa Attman, Dan and Gina Hirschhorn, and Jimmy and Donna Smith.

LifeBridge Health was unable to hold the biennial Magic Life Gala in 2020 due to COVID-19 and as such, the organization is eager to bring this important fundraiser back with a bang.

“As a health system, our team members have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are thrilled to be able to come together this year at the Magic of Life Gala to recognize and celebrate their amazing work,” says LifeBridge Health President & CEO Neil Meltzer.

He adds, “With such a momentous occasion, we are also excited to have three powerhouse couples and pillars of the community as co-chairs for this event, which raises vital funds to support programs and services at LifeBridge Health that benefit our patients, our caregivers and our communities.”


ABOUT THE CO-CHAIRS

Keith and Alissa Attman:
New York native Alissa Attman is a physician’s assistant and artist with a background in critical care and dermatology. Mrs. Attman’s art can be seen on display in multiple galleries across the Baltimore region. Mrs. Attman’s husband, Keith Attman, is vice president of supply chain for Acme Paper and Supply.

Mr. Attman also serves as chair of the Network Distribution Group’s Netsource Committee and is an active member of the Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance Executive Committee. Mr. Attman has also made significant contributions in the world of healthcare, serving as a board member of Levindale and a participant in various LifeBridge Health committees, and having been recognized as a 2012 top fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Top 35 under 35.

Gina and Dan Hirschhorn:

Another native New Yorker, Gina Hirschhorn serves as a senior vice president within the Global Commercial Bank at Bank of America, leading a national team of business strategy and initiative managers who focus on driving awareness, adoption and continuous improvement of sales processes, tools, programs and operations. Mrs. Hirschhorn has been with Bank of America and its predecessors for 35 years. She serves on the board of Everyman Theatre and along with her husband, previously served as co-chair of Everyman Theatre’s capital campaign that enabled the theatre’s move to its current Fayette Street location.

Dan Hirschhorn is chairman and president of American Trading and Production Corporation (Atapco), which develops, acquires and manages commercial and residential real estate. Mr. Hirschhorn also serves as president of the David and Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation; a member of the Sinai Hospital Board of Directors, director of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore; member of the Investment Management Committee of the Associated Jewish Charities; and member of the Finance Committee, Campaign Steering Committee and Committee on Trustees of The Park School. Mr. Hirschhorn previously served as president of the boards of The Park School and ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Jewish Leadership Institute.

Jimmy and Donna Smith:

James “Jimmy” Smith is the chairman of Prestige-Ledroit Distributing Company in Elkridge, Maryland. A prolific philanthropist, Jimmy has supported Sinai Hospital's pediatric and oncology units, the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sloane Kettering and the Lung Cancer Research Foundation of New York. Through his involvement at Sinai Hospital, Jimmy helped bring the Baltimore area its first cyberknife.

Donna Smith, a CPA with 32 years of experience in public accounting, first met Jimmy in 2005 and immediately joined in his philanthropic efforts. Together, the two have sponsored entertainment for Sinai Hospital’s pediatric unit and have lent their support to the Hope for Henry Program, continued their support at Johns Hopkins LCRF and a variety of other non-profit organizations.


THE HONOREES

For the first time ever, LifeBridge Health will present a Lifetime Philanthropy Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Phyllis L. and Leonard J. Attman. The Attmans are extraordinary at modeling philanthropy with their family members through the generations and are the ideal “matriarch and patriarch” to be the first ever recipient of this prestigious honor. LifeBridge Health is truly grateful for their generosity throughout the years.


THE EVENT AND ENTERTAINMENT

Entertainment for this year’s Magic of Life Gala will be “A Special Performance Featuring Martin Short & Special Guest, Paul Shaffer.” The comedian/actor and musician/actor both have been performing for audiences for generations.

Some know Short for memorable characters, including on the recent Hulu hit “Only Murders in the Building” and “Saturday Night Live’s” Ed Grimley, as well as other television appearances, including one in “Hairspray Live!” - the Baltimore-based musical. He also has many film and theater credits. Among them are his appearances in “Three Amigos” and “Father of the Bride.” Short has also written a memoir, “I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend.”

Among the numerous musical, stage, screen and television credits of Paul Shaffer, he is probably best known as David Letterman’s musical director for 33 years. He also played in the band on Saturday Night Live and still serves as the musical director and producer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. He is a talented musician and composer working with everyone from Diana Ross to Paul McCartney to ‘N Sync.



The Magic of Life Gala began more than 20 years ago and has since earned the distinction of being the second largest one-day nonprofit fundraiser in the Greater Baltimore area, raising crucial dollars for Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, Carroll Hospital, Levindale and Grace Medical Center.

Along with the performance, the gala also highlights the lifesaving and life-changing work of LifeBridge Health hospitals and caregivers.

More than 1,800 people attended the last in-person gala (2018), which raised more than $3.7M for the non-profit health system. In 2020, despite having to cancel the event due to COVID, LifeBridge Health raised $3.4M to support its programs and services.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to lifebridgehealth.org/Gala2022.
Judy Carmichael
410-371-4142
jcarmichael3@lifebridgehealth.org