2014-07-17 / Mainsheet

Gala Supports Lifesaving Programs

Photos by Jen Carter


Ann Hamilton and Ginny Purviance Ann Hamilton and Ginny Purviance More than 330 friends and supporters of Newport Hospital gathered together to celebrate its lifesaving work with an eye toward the future of patient care, the summer gala, Swinging on a Star, raised more than $428,000 to support the thousands of patients and families who depend on the hospital each year.

Held at Ochre Court on July 10, the event also served as an opportunity for Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president and chief executive officer of Lifespan, to introduce Newport Hospital’s incoming president, Crista Durand, who will take the leadership helm beginning Aug. 1.

Offering guests the opportunity to spend an evening in Newport’s second largest mansion, Swinging on a Star was chaired by Anne and Matt Hamilton and Ginny and Jim Purviance. Throughout the gala, guests enjoyed cuisine prepared by Russell Morin Fine Catering, dinner music by Mike Walsh & Friends, a choreographed dance performance by Able Mind and Body, and dancing to the sounds of DJ Jackie Henderson. Special floating sculptures and aerial installations created by artist Janice Lee Kelly added to the evening’s d├ęcor.


Judy McLennan with James and Mavita Wilmot Judy McLennan with James and Mavita Wilmot The night also featured a live auction presented by Emlen and Liz Drayton and a special fundraising blitz. Funds generated through both the auction and blitz will support the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the hospital and the hiring of a patient navigator to ensure all cancer patients have one consistent person on their team to guide them through every phase of their care, from diagnosis to survivorship.

“Each and every person who supported this year’s gala shares our vision to improve the quality of life and health for all residents of Newport County,” said Arthur Sampson, interim president of Newport Hospital.



Lianne Pinheiro and Mamie Wakefield Lianne Pinheiro and Mamie Wakefield

Lesley Faria, Bob Chase, and Janice Laliberte Lesley Faria, Bob Chase, and Janice Laliberte

Steve and Crista Durand (Nick Mele) Steve and Crista Durand (Nick Mele)

James and Janet Lanzillo James and Janet Lanzillo

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