OMC rolls out red carpet for Oscars

Lindsay Wagner will serve as honorary chairwoman at Olympic Medical Center Foundation's fundraising event "Hollywood Nights."

The Emmy Award-winning actress, best-known for her role in the 1970s TV series "The Bionic Woman," will help preside over the special event set for

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Masonic Hall at Seventh and Lincoln streets in Port Angeles.

The event will be presented by First Federal in conjunction with the 2009 Academy Awards. It will feature the live telecast of the Oscars on 12-foot screens.

Reserved table seating is available for $60 per person at Necessities and Temptations at Laurel Street and Railroad Avenue.

For more information, call the foundation office at 417-7144.

"First Federal is pleased to support this Olympic Medical Center Foundation event," said Gina Lowman, First Federal's senior vice president for sales and marketing.

"The North Olympic Peninsula is fortunate to have the state-of-the-art facilities and services OMC provides. First Federal remains committed and is proud to serve the needs of our communities - it is one more way we are making a difference, together."

Besides Wagner, the event will feature:

• A Guess the Winners contest. Entrants who pick the most winners in selected categories will win prizes.

• An option to enter the "Dress as Your Favorite Movie Star or Character" contest, with prizes for the winners.

• Dinner and a chance for people to "walk the red carpet" while entering the event.

Proceeds from Hollywood Nights will benefit Olympic Medical Center and many of its departments, including obstetrics, the emergency room, cardiac services, laboratory and radiology.

Wagner has starred in 40 movies, five mini-series, 10 feature films, three television series, and several specials and documentaries.

She began her career in 1971 with a small part in "Marcus Welby, M.D." She played four different roles on the show between 1971-1975, as well as a recurring guest role in "The Rockford Files."

Her appearances helped her win roles in the films "Two People" and "The Paper Chase."

In 1975, Wagner first played Jaimie Somers, the bionic woman in the "Six Million Dollar Man."

Jaime's body rejected her bionics and she later died, but public response to the character was so overwhelming that Jaime was brought back to life with her own series, "The Bionic Woman."

The role earned her an Emmy Award for "Best Actress in a Dramatic Role" in 1977. She also served as a spokesman for Ford Motor Co. and appears in infomercials.

While working on international television, Wagner simultaneously pursued a vigorous study about healing and its relationship to the expansion of human potential.

Her use of media as a way to communicate ideas is demonstrated in films such as "Thicker Than Water" on exposing and healing family secrets (2006), "Shattered Dreams," on spousal abuse and domestic violence starred in and produced by Wagner in 1991, "The Taking of the River" on the rise of the Neo-Nazi movement in America (1988), "Child's Cry" on child sexual abuse (1985), and several others.

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