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Shining Knight Gala Honors Lifesavers

Fundraiser highlights trauma and injury and violence programs

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center hosted the fifth annual Shining Knight Gala on March 16 to raise money for injury and violence prevention and to honor those who protect and save lives in Central Virginia.

Rosemary Trible, founder of Fear 2 Freedom, and Wilhelm Zuelzer, M.D., professor in the VCU Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, served as honorary chairs of the awards program, which took place at the Jefferson Hotel.

A multimedia presentation of the Tony Carr story highlighted the work of the Central Virginia Trauma System and the VCU Medical Center’s trauma and injury and violence prevention programs.

Carr suffered extensive burns on approximately 60 percent of his body when the twin-engine aircraft he was piloting crashed into a ball of fire at the Richmond International Airport on April 11, 2011. After more than 25 surgeries, Carr has made an amazing recovery. Twenty-five care providers were awarded the Order of the Shining Knight for their contribution to Carr’s survival.

The VCU Medical Center had 2,548 admissions in 2012 and is one of only two nationally recognized Level I trauma centers in Virginia. Patients are admitted into the trauma center for a variety of reasons that include vehicle crashes, falls, burns and unintentional injuries.  



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With the Order of the Shining Knight honorees behind him, Tony Carr addresses guests at the Shining Knight Gala. Those honored played a role in Carr’s recovery from extensive burns following a 2011 plane crash. Courtesy of the VCU Department of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery

A multimedia presentation of the Tony Carr story highlighted the work of the Central Virginia Trauma System and the VCU Medical Center's trauma and injury and violence prevention programs. Carr suffered extensive burns on approximately 60 percent of his body when the twin-engine aircraft he was piloting crashed into a ball of fire at the Richmond International Airport on April 11, 2011. After more than 25 surgeries, Carr has made an amazing recovery. Twenty-five care providers will be given the Order of the Shining Knight for their contribution to Carr's survival.