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Circle Health awards grants to non-profits focusing on social determinants of health, healthy foods

2019 Circle Health Ball and Catie's Closet Fund-a-Need drive
From left, Circle Health Ball co-chair Dr. Wassim Mazraany, Catie’s Closet Director of Operations Denise Trombly, Catie’s Closet Executive Director Mickey Cockrell, Catie’s Closeet Founder Anne-Marie Sousa, Circle Health Ball co-chair Dr. Anasuya Gunturi, and Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital CEO Jody White.

Four local non-profits will address some of the most pressing health needs in the region thanks to grants awarded by Circle Health at an awards breakfast on Wednesday, April 24, at hospital’s main campus.

Grant proposals from the International Institute of New England, Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School and Project LEARN were the projects funded by this year’s Circle Health Ball for Community Health Initiatives. Circle Health solicited proposals to address social determinants of health and access to healthy foods, both public health challenges identified in the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.

“This year’s Circle Health Ball Committee was incredibly inspired by the commitment these organizations have made to make Greater Lowell a healthier place to live and work,” said Jody White, CEO of Circle Health and Lowell General Hospital.

In addition to the grants, guests at the Ball were called on to contribute to a special cause through a live, “Fund-a-Need” drive. The call for donations raised $70,000 for Catie’s Closet, a Dracut-based non-profit that will use the funds to support its work to improve school attendance by providing in-school resources of clothing and toiletries to children living in poverty.

More than 600 guests attended 11th annual Circle Health Ball for Community Health Initiatives on Saturday, March 9 at the InterContinental Hotel in Boston, raising more than $425,000.

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