2014 Red Dress Gala a Sell-Out Success: Over $62,000 Raised

LACONIA — Presented by MB Tractor & Equipment, Friday night's LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala at Church Landing in Meredith was a sell-out success. Event organizers were thrilled to welcome more than 320 guests, and are proud to announce that the gala raised an impressive $62,654!

Coinciding with American Heart Month, the Red Dress Gala helps to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. Over the past ten years this signature event has raised $464,000 for cardiac services, programs, and technology at LRGHealthcare and for our community Emergency Response partners.

2013 proceeds were used to purchase eight LUCAS™ chest compression units for the Emergency Departments at Franklin Regional Hospital, Lakes Region General Hospital and several local ambulances. Proving to be a huge asset in helping to save lives in our community, additional units will be purchased for EMS partners in several surrounding towns, thanks to supporters of the Red Dress Gala.

For this special 10th Anniversary the Red Dress Gala committee chose to move the event back to where it all began years ago – Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake. With the theme A Toast to Ten Years the ballroom at Church Landing was decorated with simple elegance which included striking custom-made linens in black, red, and ivory donated by Divine Inspirations, unique and romantic centerpieces created by ten-year gala supporter Susan Brown of Lakes Region Floral Studio, and thousands upon thousands of little white lights and candles.

Lakes Region Party & Gift donated hundreds of black and gold balloons; Carlos from Five Star Entertainment contributed dramatic up-lighting; and Jeff Day carved a martini luge and huge champagne glass ice sculptures, all of which added to the celebratory feel of the night.

The Common Man culinary team presented a truly mouth-watering meal, Geoff Cunningham performed beautiful music during the cocktail hour, and Paul Warnick & Phil 'n the Blanks had the dance floor spilling over well into the night. Warren Bailey of Comcast Spotlight worked the crowd during the live auction, raising nearly $11,000 in less than a half-hour.

Highlights for guests included a very fun photo booth with props galore, a delicious candy buffet, late-night S'mores courtesy of Annalee Dolls, fabulous live and silent auction items, and a heartfelt champagne toast to ten years by LRGHealthcare President & CEO Tom Clairmont.

"In its tenth year the LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala continues to thrive. The support from our sponsors, advertisers, auction and in-kind donors, and the hundreds of guests who attend year after year is remarkable," stated Clairmont. "On behalf of the LRGHealthcare family, our local EMS partners, and of course the patients whose lives have been saved, Thank You to every business and individual who has supported the gala in any way over the past ten years."

In addition to the 320 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; Cocktail Reception Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Entertainment Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook; Silver Sponsors Decorative Interiors, DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc., FairPoint Communications, Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary, Lovering Volvo, and Medical Reimbursement Specialists; Bronze Sponsors BlueSpire Marketing, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, Health Plans, Inc., and Meredith Village Savings Bank.; and Corporate Sponsors Cross Insurance and Holbrook Insurance Center, Inc.

Major event supporters include Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, Five Star Entertainment, Geoff Cunningham, Ice Designs by Jeff Day, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Lakes Region Party & Gift, MW Animation & Video, Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks, Salmon Press Newspapers, Stacey Brobst Photography, Taylor Rental, The Common Man, The Laconia Daily Sun, Tylergraphics, Inc., and live auctioneer Warren Bailey.