Saratoga Hospital Annual Summer Gala Raises $371,184

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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.

(L to R) Dr. Joseph Bell, surgeon and current president of the Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, Marylou Whitney, Angelo Calbone, president and CEO of Saratoga Hospital, and John Hendrickson at the 35th Annual Summer Gala. Mrs. Whitney and John Hendrickson presented a surprise $50,000 gift to the hospital to support surgical services in honor of Dr. Bell.  Photo credit: Cathleen V. Duffy
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.
More than 160 unique auction items donated by individuals and businesses were bid on at the gala, the result of months of preparation by the all-volunteer gala committee. “It is incredibly gratifying to work with such a generous group of people, coming together to support such a valuable community asset,” said Jennifer Perry, co-chair of the gala. “I’m proud of our team, and proud of what we accomplished.”
This is the second year Perry co-chaired the event with Stephanie Collins. “Working with the staff and providers at the health center is motivating,” said Collins. “The passion and commitment they make every day to provide meaningful healthcare to people in need is truly special to witness and be a part of again this year.”

35th Annual Gala Committee

The 35th Annual Summer Gala Committee

Saratoga Community Health Center is located at 24 Hamilton Street. For more information, visit
About Saratoga Hospital Foundation: Saratoga Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Saratoga Hospital, Saratoga County’s leading healthcare provider. As such, the foundation secures, manages and distributes charitable gifts to support the mission of Saratoga Hospital and its affiliates. Over the years, the Foundation has raised more than $40 million for Saratoga Hospital programs and facilities, all of which benefit the people of the Saratoga region. For more information, visit
Meredith Woolford
Manager, Institutional Advancement
Saratoga Hospital Foundation
(518) 583-8779
Peter Hopper
Director, Marketing and Communications
Saratoga Hospital
(518) 583-8679

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