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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 2017
Saratoga Hospital Annual Summer Gala Raises $371,184
Saratoga Springs, NY, August 14, 2017 – The 35th Annual Summer Gala for Saratoga Hospital held on August 2nd raised $371,184. More than 1,080 people attended the summer event, enjoying this year’s theme of “Adirondack Summer.”
The annual gala is a major source of support for Saratoga Community Health Center, which provides primary care, dental and behavioral health services to the Saratoga community, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. This year, the center added Addiction Medicine services to address escalating needs in the region. Of the total raised, $321,184 will be directed to the health center.
A surprise $50,000 gift from Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson in honor of Dr. Joseph W. Bell, a surgeon at Saratoga Hospital and current president of the Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, will support surgical services at Saratoga Hospital. The gift was made in honor of Dr. Bell’s 50th birthday.
“Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson continue to be steadfast and generous supporters of Saratoga Hospital,” said Angelo Calbone, president and CEO of Saratoga Hospital. “We were delighted when they approached us with the idea of recognizing Dr. Bell and his contributions to the hospital and to our community. The idea of celebrating his 50th birthday with this gift made it particularly special.”
The gala’s live auction opened with a brief tribute to Dr. Bell and recognition of Mrs. Whitney’s 35-year commitment to the summer gala, followed by a toast to all past gala chairs. Stephanie Collins and Jennifer Perry chaired this summer’s event; Mrs. Whitney and Mr. Hendrickson served as honorary chairs.