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2017 Red Dress Gala: An Evening in Tuscany a Sell-Out Success & Record-Breaker!

LACONIA, NH – The LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala, held on Friday, February 10 at Church Landing in Meredith, was another great success.  Event organizers are thrilled to announce that the gala, which sold out in early December, raised a record-breaking $92,625!
Coinciding with American Heart Month, the Red Dress Gala helps to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention.  Over the past thirteen years this signature event has raised more than $710,000 for cardiac services, programs, and technology at LRGHealthcare.

“When a patient is experiencing a cardiac event every minute counts – and immediate access to health information can be critical,” explains LRGHealthcare Chief Nursing Officer Patti Strohla.  “Funds from this winter’s gala will be designated for the implementation of an Electrocardiogram (ECG) Management System that is integrated into our new electronic medical record. This embedded ECG system will provide physicians and other members of the patient’s healthcare team access to crucial, relevant and timely data, that is available when and where it is needed and that guide decisions that provide the best potential outcomes for our patients.”

“The support from our sponsors, advertisers, auction and in-kind donors, and the hundreds of guests who attended the Red Dress Gala on Friday night is remarkable,” states LRGHealthcare President & CEO Kevin Donovan. “On behalf of the LRGHealthcare staff and our patients, Thank You to every business and individual who has supported the gala in any way over the past thirteen years.”
With the theme An Evening in Tuscany decorative touches reminiscent of a Tuscan villa, winery, and Italian countryside were found throughout Church Landing. The ballroom was embellished with custom linens courtesy of Divine Inspirations, and romantic centerpieces created by long-time gala supporter Susan Brown of Lakes Region Floral Studio adorned each table. Guests dressed to the nines, many in floor-length ball gowns.
The Common Man culinary team presented a delicious Tuscan-inspired meal; Geoff Cunningham performed beautiful music during the cocktail hour; and the Eric Grant Band had the dance floor spilling over well into the night. 
Jesse Thompson worked the crowd during the live auction, raising a record $28,000 in a mere twenty-eight minutes. The live auction line-up included items priced from $750-$6,000 in value, donated by: Annie’s CafĂ© & Catering; Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel; Contigiani’s Catering Service; Independence Financial Advisors; MacDaddy’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ; FMS Landscape; T-BONES Meats, Sweets & Catering; Rowell’s Services; Comcast Spotlight; Penny Pitou Travel; O Steaks & Seafood; Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion; Friends at Meredith Bay a Southworth Property; and Faro Italian Grille.  A Bruce Springsteen guitar signed by The Boss himself was donated by Dr. & Mrs. Paul Racicot. Guests were incredibly generous raising their paddles -- in many cases bidding over the value of the item.   
Other gala highlights included a Magic Mirror photo booth with an array of fun props, a delicious candy buffet by Lee’s Candy Kitchen, and a gourmet coffee bar. 

In addition to the sold-out crowd, more than 100 business and individuals supported the Red Dress Gala. Joining Presenting Sponsor MB Tractor & Equipment were Candy Bar Sponsor Cartier Group - HAZMAT Solutions;  Champagne Toast Sponsor DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; Cocktail Reception Sponsor MRS - Medical Reimbursement Specialists, LLC; Entertainment Sponsor Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary; Photo Booth Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsors Decorative Interiors and Lovering Volvo; Valet Sponsor Atlantic Parking Services, LLC (APS); and Bronze Sponsors Binnie Media, Bonnette, Page & Stone Corp., Creative Marketing Guru, Cupples Car Company, FairPoint Communications, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, Lakes Cosmetic Institute, Lawson Persson & Chisholm, PC/Meredith Bay Laser, LRGHealthcare Senior Team, Prism Healthcare Partners LTD, Dr. & Mrs. Paul Racicot, Rae Mello-Andrews & Friends, Salon Amara, and The Brilliant Gems!.
Major event supporters included: Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake; Comcast Spotlight; Geoff Cunningham, Pianist; Divine Inspirations Design Studio; Eric Grant Band; JMG Marketing; Lakes Region Floral Studio; Lee’s Candy Kitchen; Monadnock Oil & Vinegar Co.; Salmon Press Newspapers; Stacey Brobst Photography; The Common Man; The Laconia Daily Sun; The Weirs Times; Jesse Thompson, and Tylergraphics, Inc.
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 Stacey Brobst Photography): High-level sponsors came together in support of the February 10, 2017 LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala.  The committee is proud to announce that this year’s gala raised a record $92,625 for cardiac services at LRGHealthcare. 
Left to right: Kevin Donovan, LRGHealthcare President & CEO; Katie Reid, Gala Co-chair and Bank of New Hampshire Commercial Banking Officer; Stephanie Wentworth of Decorative Interiors and Gala Co-chair; Heidi & Marc Bourgeois of MB Tractor & Equipment; Linda Lovering of Lovering Volvo; Marcia Cotter of Decorative Interiors; Paul Falvey, Bank of New Hampshire President & CEO; Patti Strohla, LRGHealthcare Chief Nursing Officer; Robin Ingalls-Fitzgerald, CEO of MRS-Medical Reimbursement Specialists; John Weaver, Managing  Principal at DiGiorgio Associates Inc.; Nancy Paterno, LRGH Auxiliary President; and Diane Cartier of Cartier Group HAZMAT Solutions.
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