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"Special moment in Mayo Clinic history" scheduled for Friday night

The Mayo Clinic party of the century is scheduled for Friday evening at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

OK, maybe that's not exactly how Mayo describes it. But you get the idea.

If you haven't already received an invitation, you're likely out of luck.

Mayo Clinic officials have been tight-lipped about sharing details with the public of what the party entails.

But the invitation for the "Sesquicentennial Signature Event" tells invitees that the gathering at Mayo Civic Center's Taylor Auditorium will be a "special moment in Mayo Clinic History."


Those who attend "will enjoy live performances and hear compelling stories as together we honor the past." Importantly, says the invitation, the event will also look toward the future of both Mayo Clinic and health care.

Journalist and Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees member Tom Brokaw is scheduled to host the business-attire "milestone occasion" that is billed as "a special night unlike any other in Mayo Clinic history."

The keystone event caps a weeklong visit by Mayo's 150th-anniversary exhibit in Rochester's Peace Plaza near Mayo's Gonda Building. The exhibit is open tonight and Friday until 7 p.m. and Saturday until 4 p.m.

Health reporter Jeff Hansel writes the Pulse on Health column every Monday. Follow him on Twitter @JeffHansel.

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