The Western Connecticut Health Network’s annual “Gala” will take place on Saturday, November 2nd at The Waterview in Monroe at 6:30 pm.
Hospital officials say this comes as a time of growth and innovation for Western Connecticut Health Network. Co-chairs of this year’s Gala are Dee Dee Colabella of Ridgefield and Amy Dent of Sandy Hook. They are billing the evening as including entertainment, dining and dancing all while contributing to the future of healthcare.
An anonymous donor has given Western Connecticut Health Network $10 million toward the new work. If the Foundation reaches its $50 million fundraising goal, the same donor has pledged another $20 million. Monies raised from the Gala will go toward the Foundation’s goal.
The Arnhold Family Emergency Department at New Milford Hospital broke ground this month. New Milford Hospital's new emergency department is expected to be completed early in 2015. The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Emergency Department at Danbury Hospital along with the new patient tower renovation project are scheduled for completion next summer.
Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation executive director and vice president Grace Linhard says the two emergency departments together currently handle nearly 100,000 patient visits annually. She calls them the link between the community and notes that they respond to the most urgent patient needs at every hour of every day.
Guests at the Gala will be able to bid for auction items using hand-held bidding devices. Individual tickets are $250 for donors, $500 for patrons and $1,000 for Benefactor. More information can be found on the hospital's website.