$10M fundraisers honored at Rhinebeck hospital’s Starlight Ball



Rhinebeck, N.Y. – The committee that raised $10 million to support the building of Northern Dutchess Hospital’s new pavilion was honored at the Starlight Ball on Saturday, June 11.


About 400 attendees celebrated the achievements of the 14-member Capital Steering Committee at the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation’s 17th annual elegant reception. The ball was held at under a tent at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.


“Our honorees always exhibited a can-do attitude and sense of humor in their relentless pursuit to reach the $10 million campaign goal,” said Dawn Morrison, executive director of the foundation. “Because of their tremendous work, this hospital is forever changing how healthcare is delivered in our community.”


The funds raised were just under 25 percent of the cost of the $47 million transformational Martin and Toni Sosnoff Pavilion. The 87,000-square-foot building opened in February and brought 40 private patient rooms, a high-tech surgery department and attractive physician offices to the community.


The fundraising committee was co-chaired by Ruge’s Automotive owner Lewis Ruge and Kenneth Giek, who has served as a member of the board of directors for the hospital, foundation and the hospital’s parent organization, Health Quest.


Other members included: Dr. John Horiszny, NDH hospitalist; Sean M. Kemp, attorney; Evan Meltzer, former hospital board president and financial advisor; Philip Meltzer, foundation board member and financial advisor; Dr. Michael Moses, anesthesiologist and Health Quest board member; Kelly Mosher, attorney and foundation and hospital board member; Gregory Rakow, chairman of the Health Quest board; Kristin Ruge Hutchins, owner of Ruge’s Automotive; Dr. John Sabia, NDH medical affairs vice president; Janet Saulpaugh, foundation board member; Kevin Sheehan, hospital board president, foundation board member and Central Hudson safety manager; and Dr. George Verrilli, retired OB/GYN physician and former hospital board member.


The Starlight Ball was co-chaired by Northern Dutchess Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. W. Andrew Wilson with his wife, Kayla, and hospital board member Frank Flynn with his wife, Jennifer.


The ball was expected to raise about $150,000 for the hospital. Music was provided by The Mystic of Long Island with gourmet catering by Abigail Kirsch of New York City. Event sponsors included American Anesthesiology of New York, and Northern Dutchess Hospital’s auxiliary and medical staff, among others. For information on the ball or capital campaign, visit www.healthquest.org/ndhfoundation or call 845-871-1711.

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Photo caption: Starlight Ball event co-chairs and Capital Campaign Steering Committee honorees pose for a portrait on June 11, 2016 in Rhinebeck. From left, they are: Jennifer Flynn, Frank Flynn, Kevin Sheehan, Kenneth Giek, Philip Meltzer, Lewis Ruge, Dr. John Horiszny, Kristin Ruge Hutchins, Gregory Rakow, Kelly Mosher, Sean M. Kemp, Janet Saulpaugh, Dr. John Sabia, Evan Meltzer, Dr. Michael Moses, Denise George, Dr. W. Andrew Wilson, Dr. George Verrilli and Kayla Wilson. (credit: Al Nowak/On Location Studios)  



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