MEREDITH — The 11th annual LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala at Church Landing, held on Friday night, was a sell-out success which welcomed more than 320 guests.
Coinciding with American Heart Month, the Red Dress Gala helps to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. Over the past 10 years this signature event has raised $464,000 for cardiac services, programs, and technology at LRGHealthcare and for its community Emergency Response partners.
The theme of this year's event was Dinner at Tiffany's. This elegant evening featured a meal created by The Common Man culinary team, live and silent auctions, and dancing to local favorite Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks.
Becky Doherty, LRGHealthcare Annual Fund and Special Events manager, said that some of the proceeds from this year's event are already being put to good use with the purchase of two EKG machines, one for the Surgical Department at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia and the other for the Ambulatory Surgical Center at Hillside Office Park in Gilford.
Funds will also be used to purchase five state-of-the art carbon dioxide monitors, three for the emergency room at Lakes Region General Hospital, a portable unit for Franklin Regional Hospital's Respiratory Department and an additional mobile unit at LRGH.
The monitor is used a patient who has experienced cardiac arrest and measures the maximum concentration of CO2 at the end of exhalation, which is proportional to the amount of pulmonary blood flow, providing key information about the status of the patient.
Remaining funds will be used to train all staff at LRGHealthcare on the Heart Saver AED system.
For the the sixth year in a row, MB Tractor & Equipment was the $10,000 Presenting Sponsor of the gala. Evroks Corporation was the Gold Sponor.
Other sponsors included Candy Bar Sponsor DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; Cocktail Reception Sponsor MRS - Medical Reimbursement Specialists; Entertainment Sponsor Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary; Gourmet Coffee Bar Sponsor Meredith Village Savings Bank; Photo Booth Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsor Decorative Interiors; Valet Sponsor Atlantic Parking Services, LLC (APS); Bronze Sponsors AutoServ of Tilton, Binnie Media, DAK Financial Group LLC, Denise Tucker Group, Dr. Racicot & Friends, FairPoint Communications, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford Well Company, Lake Dockers, Lakes Cosmetic Institute, LRGHealthcare Senior Team, Rae Mello-Andrews & Friends, and The Brillant Gems!.
Corporate Sponsors include Cross Insurance, Landmark Benefits, Inc., and Stewart's Ambulance Service.
Major event supporters are Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, 5 Star Entertainment, Lakes Region Floral Studio, MW Animation & Video, Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks, The Common Man, Tylergraphics, Inc., and Warren Bailey.
The 11th annual LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala featured a Dinner at Tiffany's theme and was held at Church Landing in Meredith on Feb. 13. Among those helping organize the event were, left to right; Maureen Wilkins, Becky Doherty, Katie Reid, Trish Stafford, Susan Brown of Lakes Region Floral Studio, co-chair; Stephanie Wentworth of Decorative Interiors, co-chair; Sarah Lapointe, Betty Ballantyne, Ilona Dunfee and Andrea Chin. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
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