Eighteenth Annual Bassett New Year's Eve Gala Raises $213,000

Cooperstown, N.Y. –“Roll Out the Red Carpet,” the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network’s 2011 Gala, brought in $213,000 in support of Bassett Medical Center’s plan to expand and renovate its operating rooms and surgical suite. The Gala Silent Auction and Pre-Gala Auction and Raffle contributed over $37,000 of the total proceeds. Event honorees were Dr. Michael Gold, past chief-of-surgery, and his wife, Renee.

As Michael Stein, executive director of the Friends, observed, “This was our eighteenth gala, and I am continually astounded by the outpouring of support we receive both from the Bassett community and those living throughout the region. We are humbled by the generosity of so many community volunteers and donors. We have already begun plans to make next year’s event bigger and better, and with the help of our dedicated volunteers, I’m sure we will succeed.”

The Friends is most grateful to the Gala’s lead sponsors, NYCM Insurance and SEFCU; corporate sponsors, Apple Converting Inc., Drogen Electric Supply/Drogen’s Home Furnishings and Fidelis Care New York; supporting sponsors, KPMG LLP, The Morgan McReynolds Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, The New York Susquehanna & Western Railway Corp., Northern Eagle Beverages and Preferred Mutual Insurance Co.; participating sponsors, Fenimore Asset Management Inf. & FAM Funds, Greener World Landscape Maintenance, McCarthy Building Companies Inc., Tallman Enterprises Tree Services, Trosset Group Attorneys and Turnpike & Oneonta/Cooperstown Pennysavers.

Gala co-chairs Theresa Casale and Dorothy Marsh credited the efforts of members of the Gala Committee and Auctions Committee, volunteers who worked tirelessly with the Friends’ fund development staff throughout the year. The 2011 Gala Committee was composed of Leigh Connor, Colleen Donnelly, Jennifer Garlock, Marilyn Garman, Jill Ghaleb, Sally Graumlich, Patricia Hanft, Doris Hill, Suzanne Kingsley, Hannah Kinzelman, Eric Lysdale, Aletha Martinez, Joan Russo, Maureen Schuermann, Cindy Seward, Robert Snyder, Lucy Townsend and Carol Waller. Serving on the 2011 Auctions Committee were Chairperson Gayle Smith, John Anagnost, Bridget Bertram, Colleen Donnelly, Mary Dunkle, Penney Gentile, Fran Gootee, Melinda Hardin, Nancy Irvin, Dana Jakubowicz, Lawrence Lewis, Margaret McGown, Nicole Retzler, Ellen Sanford, John Sanford, Robert Schneider, Gwen Schuster, Gwen Snyder, Joan White.

The Friends would also like to extend a special thank you to Bob Zaleski and the Bassett grounds crew; Carol Waller and the staff at Mohican Flowers; the staff at The Otesaga; and Bassett’s Fund Development staff.

“In addition to the Bassett New Year’s Eve Gala, the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network sponsors several special fund-raising events throughout the year,” said Stein. “We are always looking for additional community-minded businesses who want to support Bassett’s vital health care mission by sponsoring a Bassett event.”

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network office: 607-547-3928, or log on to the Friends’ website: www.friendsofbassett.org for complete sponsorship benefits.