Bassett New Year's Eve Gala Raises Funds for Women's Imaging Center

January 4, 2015

lynnOn New Year’s Eve, the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network hosted their annual fundraising gala at The Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. The event, “A Pink Tie Affair,” benefitted the Bassett Medical Center radiology department women’s imaging center. The Friends have been fundraising for the center since 2013, and the campaign goal is $1.5 million. The gala helped raise more than $140,000 for the campaign, bringing the total raised to more than one million dollars. The campaign is funding the purchase of new breast-screening and diagnosis equipment and will assist with the renovation of the existing facility in Cooperstown.

The Friends hosted 425 guests at the event, for which the hotel was decorated in themes of pink. Guests participated in an exclusive live auction that raised almost $16,000 in less than 25 minutes. The evening boasted an excellent dinner menu prepared by the hotel, and guests danced until midnight to music by Chaser, a live party band from New York City and the local DJ’s Sound FX. The evening concluded with a midnight fireworks display over Otsego Lake.

The Friends of Bassett extends special thanks to the event’s lead sponsors, NYCM Insurance and SEFCU. Corporate sponsors were Apple Converting Inc.; Brewery Ommegang; Drogen Electric Supply; and Fidelis Care New York. Supporting sponsors were KPMG LLP; The Morgan McReynolds Group at Morgan Stanley; The New York Susquehanna & Western Railway Corp.; Persun & Heim, P.C.; and Preferred Mutual Insurance Co. Participating sponsors were Bank of Cooperstown; Bonadio Receivable Sloutions & The Bonadio Group; Cooperstown Brewing Company; Cooperstown Dreams Park; DAVIN Informatics; KeyBank; Mirabito Energy Products; Northern Eagle Beverages, Inc.; Rose & Kiernan, Inc.; The Shipping Room; Tallman Enterprises Tree Service; Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler & Monroe; L.L.P., Turnpike & Oneonta/Cooperstown Pennysavers; and Upstate Medical Physics.

The 2014 gala committee, led by Lynn Johnson, administrative director of radiology at Bassett Medical Center, was composed of Monica Coville, Katrina Caringi, Alicia Chase, Leigh Connor, Mariah Decker, Colleen Donnelly, Erin Dye, Jennifer Garlock-Stringer, Marilyn Garman, Jill Ghaleb, Lisa Greene, Doris Hill, Hannah Kinzelmann, Sandra Manley, Dot Marsh, Paula Moshier, Stacy Nelson, Michelle Rosato, Joan Russo, Aletha Sprague, Jean Stabinski, Debbie Teeter, Carrie Thompson, Lucy Townsend and Carol Waller.

The Friends would also like to extend a special thank you to the Bassett grounds crew, Carol Waller and the staff at Mohican Flowers, and all the staff at The Otesaga Resort Hotel.

For information on 2015 gala sponsorship opportunities, call the Friends of Bassett Healthcare Network office at (607)547-3928.

Photo caption: From left, Lynn Johnson, network administrative director of radiology; Deborah Teeter, diagnostic radiology team leader; and Erin Dye, CT technologist.

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