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Adirondack Health Foundation ‘Summer Garden’ Gala raised $112k for women’s health equipment

From left are Linda McClarigan, 2019 Dr. Edward L. Trudeau award recipient; Kevin Brady, Adirondack Health Foundation board chair; and Sylvia Getman, Adirondack Health president and CEO, at the Adirondack Health Foundation Summer Garden Gala. (Provided photo — Adirondack Health)

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Health Foundation announced that its annual summer gala, held in July, raised $112,000 for the women’s health program.

“An incredible organizing committee of 47 board, community and staff volunteers worked magic to create an evening to remember,” Hannah Hanford, executive director of the Adirondack Health Foundation, said in a press release.

More than 375 guests attended the gala, which was held at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. Following cocktail hour and a silent auction, Dr. Emily Szczech, a general surgeon with Adirondack Surgical Group in Saranac Lake, welcomed attendees and discussed the growth of the women’s health program.

Funds raised from the gala will assist in the purchase of a breast MRI package and specimen imager for Adirondack Health’s expanding breast care program, as well as an ultrasound machine for the women’s health program. Earlier this year, Adirondack Health invested in a 3D mammography scanner for its medical imaging department.

During dinner, Linda McClarigan, Adirondack Health’s recently retired chief nursing officer, was honored with the 2019 Dr. Edward L. Trudeau award. This year’s “Summer Garden” theme was a nod to McClarigan’s love of gardening.

Plans are now underway for next year’s gala, to be held on July 11, 2020.

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