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2018 Red Dress Gala: Lady in Red: A Sell-out Success & Fun Night!


LACONIA, NH – Coinciding with American Heart Month, the LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala, held on Friday, February 9 at Church Landing in Meredith, was another great success! Event organizers are thrilled to announce that the sold-out gala raised a very impressive $86,702.83, to benefit cardiac services at LRGHealthcare.


“When a patient is experiencing a cardiac event every minute counts, and instantaneous access to health information can be critical,” explains LRGHealthcare Interim Chief Nursing Officer Kendra Peaslee. “Funds from this winter’s gala will supplement last year’s revenue, to be designated for the implementation of an Electrocardiogram (ECG) Management System that is integrated into the patient’s electronic medical record. This system will allow providers and other members of the patient’s healthcare team access to crucial and timely data.”


With the theme Lady in Red guests dressed to the nines, many in floor-length ball gowns, and the majority in red. The ballroom at Church Landing was decked out with striking red and gold custom linens courtesy of Divine Inspirations Design Studio, and romantic centerpieces created by long-time gala supporter Susan Brown of Lakes Region Floral Studio adorned each table.


As guests arrived they were greeted by a valet service courtesy of Atlantic Parking Services. During the cocktail hour many Red Dress guests enjoyed a champagne treat at the ‘Bubbles Bar’ or the signature Lady in Red martini while listening to beautiful background music courtesy of Geoff Cunningham and Eric Grant. Following a brief program and toast, the Common Man culinary team presented a delicious meal. After dinner Jesse Thompson worked the crowd during the live auction, raising an impressive $22,000 in less than a half-hour. For the rest of the night the Eric Grant Band had the dance floor spilling over. Other gala highlights included a Magic Mirror photo booth with an array of fun props, a delicious candy bar, and a gourmet coffee bar. 


In addition to the sold-out crowd, nearly 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 Management & Reimbursement Specialists, LLC; Entertainment Sponsor Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary; Photo Booth Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsors Cerner Corporation and Lovering Volvo Cars Meredith; and Valet Sponsor Atlantic Parking Services, LLC (APS). Bronze Sponsors included: AutoServ of Tilton; Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion; Bay Point Financial; Binnie Media; Creative Marketing Guru; FairPoint, A Consolidated Communications Company; Faro Italian Grille; Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary; Franklin Savings Bank; Lawson Persson & Chisholm, PC; LRGHealthcare Senior Leadership Team; Meredith Village Savings Bank; North Country Soil Services; Northern Design; Dr. & Mrs. Paul Racicot; and Salon Amara. Community Partners included: Cross Insurance; Landmark Benefits; Stewart’s Ambulance Service, and Tufts Health Freedom Plan.


Major event supporters included: WB Media1; Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake; Geoff Cunningham, Pianist; Divine Inspirations Design Studio; Eric Grant Band; JMG Marketing; Lakes Region Floral Studio; Lee’s Candy Kitchen; MetroCast; MW Animation & Video; Salmon Press Newspapers; Stacey Brobst Photography; The Common Man; The Laconia Daily Sun; Jesse Thompson; Tylergraphics, Inc.; and VT & NH Photo Booths.


“The Red Dress Gala was another great night and a big success, thanks to the generous support from our sponsors, advertisers, auction and in-kind donors, and the hundreds of guests who came out,” states LRGHealthcare President & CEO Kevin W. Donovan. “I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported the gala in any way over the past fourteen years. Collectively, it has had a significant, meaningful impact on cardiac services at LRGHealthcare.”


Save the Date for next winter’s event! The 15th Annual LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala: Fire & Ice will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Church Landing in Meredith. MB Tractor & Equipment will be joining us as the Presenting Sponsor for a remarkable 10th year -- so it’s sure to be a not-to-miss celebration!


For more information about the Red Dress Gala, or to be added to the 2019 mailing list, please contact the LRGHealthcare Office of Philanthropy: 527-7063 or


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 9, 2018 LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala. The committee is proud to announce that this year’s gala raised an impressive $86,702 for cardiac services at LRGHealthcare. 


Left to right: Stephanie Wentworth of Decorative Interiors and Gala Co-chair; Katie Reid, Gala Co-chair and Bank of New Hampshire Commercial Banking Officer; Marc & Heidi Bourgeois of MB Tractor & Equipment; Paul Falvey, Bank of New Hampshire President & CEO; Nancy Paterno, LRGH Auxiliary President; Linda Lovering of Lovering Volvo Cars Meredith; Robin Ingalls-Fitzgerald, CEO of MRS-Medical Management and Reimbursement Specialists; John Weaver, Managing  Principal at DiGiorgio Associates Inc.; Les & Diane Cartier of Cartier Group HAZMAT Solutions; and Kevin W. Donovan, LRGHealthcare President & CEO.

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