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LGH's Inaugural Gala Announces Over $1M Raised

A sold out crowd of close to 400 guests gathered at the Wyndham Hotel in Andover Saturday, May 10th to celebrate Lawrence General Hospital’s inaugural Legacy of Caring Gala.  This inaugural gala was held in honor of Richard Santagati (pictured on the left) and his 25 years of service to the hospital and the community. The event, along with additional lead gifts, raised more than $1,100,000 in support of future hospital expansion and facilities enhancements.

“Great organizations do not just happen - they are shaped by great leaders with a vision. Under Dick’s amazing leadership, Lawrence General has begun to transform into its full potential - a regional medical center for the entire Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire,” said Dianne J. Anderson, President and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital.  “We’re extremely grateful for his 25 years of outstanding dedication, commitment and leadership to Lawrence General Hospital and our community.”

The audience enjoyed a video tribute to Mr. Santagati, as a number of colleagues and community members attested to his commitment to those around him, his vision as a community leader, and his compassion for his friends and family. In his acceptance speech, Dick thanked his wife Marilyn and his family for their support over the years.

“While I am truly honored by the outstanding response, it clearly reflects a growing awareness in our region of the quality and value of health care being delivered by Lawrence General Hospital every day.  It is a privilege to be part of the expansion in both services and expansion that has taken place, and I look forward to their continued success and growth,” said Dick Santagati, LGH Chairman Emeritus.

  In recognition of Mr. Santagati’s vision, volunteer spirit, and  
  dedication to the community, the hospital announced the
  Santagati Award for Visionary Leadership, honoring
  Santagati as its first recipient. This award will be given
  annually, to a recipient who is leading constructive,
  sustainable positive change, and has a demonstrated
  long-standing dedication to the people of the Merrimack
  Valley region.

The event featured over 50 sponsors including two presenting sponsors; the Lupoli Companies and the Soviero and MacDonald Families. Platinum Sponsors included; Fred C. Church Insurance, L&M Radiology and the LGH Medical Staff.  Gold Sponsors included; Alliance Imaging, Dianne and Scott Anderson, Anonymous Company, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Choice Plus Network, Cresa Boston, Bill DeLuca Family of Auto Dealerships, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Highland Street Foundation, Lawrence General Hospital Auxiliary, Lawrence General Hospital IPA, Carol and Alan LeBovidge, Mainstream Global, Marty Meehan and Ellen Murphy Meehan, Merrimack Valley Health Services, Patient First Pathology, P.C., Pentucket Medical Associates, TD Bank, TD Wealth Management Services, Inc., Tufts Medical Center, The Yepez Family, Watts Water Technologies and WEI.


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