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LRGH Red Dress Gala supports heart health

LRGHealthcare CEO Kevin Donovan and members of the Red Dress Gala committee get together before this year's event. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
February 15, 2017
MEREDITH — An evening of Tuscan-inspired splendor greatly benefited heart health in the community during LRGHealthcare's annual Red Dress Gala.

Hundreds of people gathered at Church Landing on Friday night for the eighth annual gala raising money for new cardiac equipment at LRGHealthcare.

This year's theme was "An Evening in Tuscany." The room was decorated in the colors of grapes with elements of Tuscan style. Becky Doherty, LRGHealthcare Annual Fund and Special Events Manager, said the gala committee chose the theme.

"It was really a group decision," Doherty said. "It seemed different, but still very upscale."

Doherty said hundreds of people were anticipated to the event. The gala sold out by early December and many tables were filled by sponsors.

The evening included dinner, dancing, music by the Eric Grant Band, and a silent and live auction with Jesse Thompson as auctioneer.

Doherty said more than 100 businesses sponsored or supported the event in many ways, including donations to the auction, monetary donations, in kind services, and many other ways. The auction also included a trip to Tuscany donated by Penny Pitou Travel.

"It's amazing," Doherty said. "Every year the event, I think is more and more successful and the level of support just continues to increase. It's just a testament to our community and the incredible giving nature of our businesses and individuals."

Doherty said nearly every business they approached found some way to support the event.

Proceeds from this year's gala are going to a new electrocardiogram (ECG) module. Patti Strohla, Chief Nursing Officer at LRGHealthcare, said he new equipment will upload a patient's ECG information into the electronic records management system. Strohla said ECG's are typically scanned and added to a patient's record, this was the information is located right into their electronic record and readily available for any physician who needs that information to treat that patient.

"It's just an incredible tribute to the community and our sponsors," Strohla said. "It shows the commitment to LRGHealthcare, making sure (they) give the healthcare team the tools they need to do the best job they can for our community."

Doherty said this is a personal cause to many people there, many of whom have experienced cardiac issues or have family members and friends who have.

"They want to support however they can," Doherty said.

Doherty also gave major kudos to Church Landing.

"The staff at Church Landing are top notch," Doherty said.

She also gave big credit to the the Common Man for the food, which Doherty said is always amazing.

LRGHealthcare CEO Kevin Donovan said since the event began it has raised over $620,000 for cardiac services at LRGHealthcare.

"It's a testament to the support the community has for organization and those in need," Donovan said.

He said they appreciate that the community has stood up and supported these vital services.

"We're very proud and happy that people have chosen to support (us)," Donovan said.

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