Beth Israel Deaconess-Needham raises more than $800,000 at 21st annual gala

Copley Square — 600 guests attended the Beth Israel Deaconess-Needham’s 21st annual gala, which had a “Disco Ball – Oh, What a Night 19” theme, prompting many attendees to eschew the usual tie and gowns for leisure suits and big hair.

The gala, which raised $800,000, was held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the Westin Copley Place hotel in Boston.

“Our annual gala is among the most important events of the year for our hospital,” said John M. Fogarty, president and CEO, BID–Needham, in a release. “Support from this benefit allows BID-Needham to remain a vital provider of the highest quality care for our region.”

WCVB Anchor Emily Riemer served as the night’s emcee and music was provided by DJ Liz Ladoux. The evening was produced by Anchor 18 Events and Marketing.

The live auction packages included a party for 40 during March Madness or the Master’s Tournament at Dunn-Gaherin’s Food and Spirits, an Irish pub in Newton, MA; an over-the-top court-side experience for four when the Boston Celtics play the Miami Heat in December; and an unforgettable night in a private suite for 10 at the Kenny Chesney concert in August, 2020 at Gillette Stadium that includes limo transportation.

Others in attendance included: Bill Fine, president and GM, WCVB Channel 5 and his wife, Gail Fine, Board of Advisors, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham; Scott Schuster, founder and president of Wingate Healthcare (Leadership Sponsor); John Fogarty, president, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham; and Roger Marino, co-founder, EMC Corporation.

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital−Needham (BID−Needham) is a licensed 58-bed acute care community hospital affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. The direct affiliation with BIDMC, since 2000, has facilitated the clinical integration of staff and resources in emergency medicine, hospital medicine (hospitalists), cardiology, radiology, orthopaedics, general surgery, pathology, and oncology. BIDMC and BID−Needham opened the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion at BID–Needham, providing more accessible, patient-centered cancer care and advanced surgical services to the community.

All photos by Bill Brett

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