Starlight Ball attendees brighten Northern Dutchess Hospital’s future
Rhinebeck, N.Y. – The Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation celebrated a physician and attorney’s long-standing contributions to the hospital and many years of selfless community service at the annual Starlight Ball Saturday, June 13.
About 440 attendees helped raise an estimated $150,000 at the 16th annual black-tie dinner-dance held under a tent at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. Guests danced late into the evening to the beats of cover band The Mystic. Abigail Kirsch catering provided a three-course gourmet feast.
“The extraordinary community support of the Starlight Ball translates into our ability to provide excellent healthcare for the 65,000 patients we serve each year,” said Dawn Morrison, executive director of the foundation. “We thank our open-handed sponsors and inexhaustible organizing committee, who are instrumental to the ball’s success, and applaud our honorees for their countless contributions.”
The honorees were Dr. Angela Cavanna, a Red Hook-based physician and member of the hospital medical staff for nearly two decades, and John Marvin, a Rhinebeck-based attorney and former 15-year hospital board member.
Primary-care physician Sharagim Kemp of Health Quest Medical Practice in Rhinebeck with her husband, Sean Kemp, and hospital infection control director Dr. Marc Tack with his wife, Pamela Tack, served as event co-chairs.
During the program, the foundation announced they raised more than $8 million for the construction of the hospital’s $47 million medical pavilion. The fundraising arm of the hospital is on target to meet its $10 million goal, thanks in part to the Dyson Foundation and Martin and Toni Sosnoff. Each gave $2 million, the largest gifts in hospital history. At the ball, the foundation kicked off the next phase of fundraising, the community campaign, to raise $2 million. The pavilion, which opens in early 2016, will contain 40 private patient rooms and modernized operating suites as well as medical offices.
Cavanna, who is board certified in internal and sports medicine, was recognized for her relationship with the hospital, which dates to 1997. As a teenager, she discovered her passion for medicine. High school sports injuries and volunteering for a college’s athletic training department shaped her future. After graduating from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, she completed her residency at Jamaica Hospital in her hometown of Queens and Albany Medical Center’s internal medicine program. Recently, Cavanna left her clinical practice in Red Hook to teach medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown.
The ball’s other honoree, Marvin, is a partner at the law firm of Marvin and Marvin, with offices in Rhinebeck and Pawling. Deeply rooted in Rhinebeck, he was born at Northern Dutchess Hospital, where he later served on the board as chairman, vice chairman and secretary. He was on the Starr Library board for nine years and coached youth soccer and basketball for more than 20 years. He graduated from Fordham University and St. John’s University School of Law, and worked in commercial and environmental litigation in New York City and Stamford, Conn.
Event sponsors included American Anesthesiology of New York, and Northern Dutchess Hospital’s auxiliary and medical staff, among others.