2016-07-14 / Mainsheet

‘Casablanca’ Raises Nearly $400,000


Anne Hamilton and Holly Bannister Anne Hamilton and Holly Bannister A passing spate of seasonal showers couldn’t dampen the festivities as nearly 350 friends and supporters of Newport Hospital arrived at Ochre Court on Thursday, July 7, for the hospital’s 2016 summer gala, “Casablanca.” In an atmosphere reminiscent of 1940s Morocco, the evening raised more than $391,000 for hospital programs with crucial funding needs.

Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital, said, “So much of the care we deliver day in and day out is made possible thanks to philanthropy. Every dollar raised through this event will have a direct impact on lives across Aquidneck Island and beyond.”

Of the total raised, the live auction and fundraising blitz presented by C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s generated $146,500 for the purchase of state-of-the-art 3-D ultrasound technology to support women’s health programs and services.


Dennis and Kara House Dennis and Kara House Eager to support the evening’s cause, guests engaged in spirited bidding as numbers were raised high and often, with several raising their cards at the $5,000 and $10,000 levels to directly support the purchase of the ultrasound equipment. During the live auction, a one-of-a-kind cocktail party for 30, to be hosted by some of Newport’s most prominent women, generated a buzz. With its demand emanating throughout the tent erected on the mansion’s sprawling rear lawn, the package sold three times over, each at $5,000.

“Because of the outpouring of support for this year’s gala, we will be able to ensure our high-risk ob-gyn patients won’t need to leave the island for the highly specialized imaging they need,” said Peter Capodilupo, chair of the Newport Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

The event committee for Casablanca was co-chaired by Dr. Holly M. Bannister, Anne Hamilton, and Kimberly Palmer.



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Zal Newman and Barbara Epstein Zal Newman and Barbara Epstein

Chase and Colleen Moffitt Chase and Colleen Moffitt

Tom and Sheila Sulentic 
Photos by Allan Millora Photography Tom and Sheila Sulentic Photos by Allan Millora Photography

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