2018 Moonlight & Miracles Gala: A Record-Breaking Event!
South Weymouth, Mass., (October 25, 2018) – The evening opened with a surprise flash mob performance and ended with a spectacular “Raise the Paddle.” On Friday, October 19, South Shore Health System’s 16th annual Moonlight & Miracles Gala raised more than $610,000 in support of critical care programs in our community.
Known as the signature fundraising event on the South Shore, more than 640 people came together for an evening of dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions at Starland Sportsplex & Fun Park, formally known as The University Sports Complex in Hanover.
“This was an extraordinary evening,” said Krista DiRico, Moonlight & Miracles Gala Chair. “We are truly grateful for the community’s charitable support which will help South Shore Health System clinicians continue to deliver life-sustaining care to our friends and neighbors. Thank you to all of our sponsors and attendees.”
This year, all proceeds raised from the Gala help support the Health System’s critical care program, including recent construction of a new intermediate care unit.
The critical care program at South Shore Health System is led by a superb team of board-certified intensivists, pulmonologists, surgeons and anesthesiologists. To mirror this clinical excellence, the organization recently built The Richard and Joann Aubut Critical Care Unit (CCU), a state-of-the-art 24-bed CCU which opened in October of 2017.
Last month, the project recently completed a renovation of the hospital’s previous CCU to become an Intermediate Care Unit. The new unit provides a space for patients who are too ill for a general Medical/Surgical floor, yet do not need the intensive level of care found in the CCU.
“We are not only a hospital, we are home care, urgent care and paramedics treating you in your home and in the community,” said Gene E. Green, MD, MBA, President/CEO of South Shore Health System. “This continuing evolution of our story is only possible through the support of the community.”
Throughout the night, guests could bid on one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items- such as trips, experiences and unique artwork. Attendees also participated in a wine pull and a jewelry pull – where guests took a chance to win one of four amazing pieces generously donated by Hingham Jewelers.
The event ended on a high-note when Master of Ceremonies, Radio and TV personality, Billy Costa, led the crowd through an ambitious “Raise the Paddle.” The more than $116,000 raised by generous donors will help support education for nurses and caregivers.
Deep appreciation is extended to the entire volunteer Moonlight & Miracles Gala Committee. For information on this year’s event, visit www.southshorehealth.org/gala.