Presented by MB Tractor & Equipment, Friday night’s LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala was a huge success, raising $60,677.00 and welcoming over 400 guests.
Coinciding with American Heart Month, the Red Dress Gala helps to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. Over the past nine years this signature event has raised $402,000 for cardiac services, programs, and technology at LRGHealthcare and for our community Emergency Response partners.
With the theme A Winter Night’s Romance the ballroom at The Conference Center at Lake Opechee Inn & Spa was transformed to create a very romantic and cozy feel, complete with a 40’ backdrop of a winter forest scene, dramatic snowflake ice sculptures and hundreds of snowflakes and icicles throughout the venue, a white winter carriage, silhouettes of life-size ballroom dancers, and thousands upon thousands of little white lights and candles.
Lakes Region Floral Studio created and donated elegant centerpieces, Divine Inspirations donated stylish custom tablecloths, and Carlos from 5 Star Entertainment contributed dramatic snowflake lighting, all of which helped to bring the theme to life. Local school students created one-of-a-kind very unique paddles for guest to bid during the live auction. A highlight of the night for guests was an invitation to fill a little box at the beautiful candy buffet, courtesy of What’s Up Cupcake & Candy Buffets.
O Steaks & Seafood presented a delicious meal and Paul Warnick & Phil ‘n the Blanks had the dance floor spilling over well into the night. Warren Bailey worked the crowd during the live auction, raising nearly $13,000 in less than a half-hour.
In addition to the 400 guests, over 100 business and individuals supported the event and cause. Joining Presenting Sponsor MB Tractor & Equipment in supporting the Red Dress Gala were Gold Sponsor Evroks Corporation; Entertainment Sponsor Meadowbrook; Silver Sponsors Bank of New Hampshire, Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary; Landmark Benefits, Lovering Volvo, and Meredith Village Savings Bank; Bronze Sponsors BlueSpire Marketing, Decorative Interiors, DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc., FairPoint Communications, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, and Health Plans Inc. Corporate Sponsors included Daniels Electric Corporation, EPTAM Plastics, and Holbrook Insurance Center.
Major event supporters include: Annalee Dolls, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, Lake Opechee Inn & Spa, Lakes Region Floral Studio, O Steaks & Seafood, Paul Warnick and Phil ‘n the Blanks, TEKLA Photography, Tim Cameron – Achber Studio, Tylergraphics, What’s Up Cupcake and Candy Buffets, 5 Star Entertainment, 98.3 LNH, and live auctioneer Warren Bailey.
LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.
Photo (courtesy of TEKLA Photography): High-level sponsors come together for the February 1, 2013 Red Dress Gala. From left to right: Liane Clairmont, Marketing Director at Meadowbrook and gala co-chair; Becky Doherty, LRGHealthcare Annual Fund & Special Events Manager; Susan Brown, Owner of Lakes Region Floral Studio and gala co-chair; Mark Primeau, President & CEO of Bank of New Hampshire; Nancy Paterno, President of the LRGH Auxiliary; Linda Lovering of Lovering Volvo; Thomas Harte, President of Landmark Benefits, Inc.; Christine Harris, SVP, Retail Banking Officer at Meredith Village Savings Bank; Bridget & RJ Harding of Meadowbrook; Michael Ferrari, Project Manager of Evroks Corporation; and Heidi and Marc Bourgeois of MB Tractor & Equipment.