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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2017
Saratoga Hospital Foundation’s 35th Annual Summer Gala Set For Aug. 2
Event benefits Saratoga Community Health Center
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, July 13, 2017—Saratoga Hospital Foundation will hold its 35th Annual Summer Gala on Aug. 2 at The Polo Meadow on the grounds of Saratoga Casino Hotel. Proceeds benefit Saratoga Hospital’s Saratoga Community Health Center—the only facility in the Saratoga region to provide high-quality, routine healthcare to individuals regardless of their ability to pay.
A highlight of the summer season, the Annual Summer Gala is one of the Capital Region’s largest, most successful charitable fundraisers. The event is known for its colorful themes—this year, “Adirondack Summer”—and distinctive auction items.
For hundreds of attendees, including presenting sponsors Julie and Sonny Bonacio of Julie & Co. Realty and Bonacio Construction, the event’s biggest draw is the opportunity to support those served by Saratoga Community Health Center.
“In just over three years, the Community Health Center has had a profound impact on thousands of our neighbors and the health of our community as a whole,” Julie Bonacio said. “It is a privilege to support this event and shine a spotlight on the work of the Community Health Center and what it means to Saratoga.” The Bonacio family has a long, generous history of supporting Saratoga Hospital. Julie served on the Summer Gala Committee from 2000 – 2013, as Summer Gala chair in 2005, and as co-chair in 2001 and 2009. She also served as a trustee on the Hospital’s Foundation Board from 2000 – 2011.
Saratoga Community Health Center serves more than 6,600 patients, providing primary care, dental and behavioral health services. The center also helps patients obtain no- or low-cost health insurance, connects them with specialty medical care and community services, and continually finds ways to engage patients in improving their health and quality of life.
“We go beyond the realm of traditional medical care to help patients take charge of their health, and that makes an enormous difference,” said Dr. Renee Rodriguez-Goodemote, medical director, Saratoga Community Health Center. “That approach would not be possible without the fundraising support of the gala. We are extremely grateful to everyone involved—the sponsors, underwriters, volunteers and guests.”
The Summer Gala nets about $300,000 annually for the Community Health Center. This year’s auction items include producer’s seats to “Hamilton” on Broadway; one-of-a-kind excursions to Maui, Napa Valley and a dove hunt in Argentina; tickets to U.S. Open Tennis; box seats for Travers Day at Saratoga Race Course; an interior design makeover and much more. A complete list is available at www.saratogahospitalgala.org
The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m., with the live auction at 7 p.m. Reservations cost $175 per person ($125 for those 21-35) and are available at www.saratogahospitalgala.org. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 518-583-8340.
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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: www.saratogahospitalfoundation.org.
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