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The Circle Health Ball for Community Health Initiatives raised over $285,000 to support local health and wellness programs

A sold out crowd of nearly 600 guests celebrated at Circle Health’s Ball for Community Health Initiatives on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The event, held at the Burlington Marriott, raised over $285,000 to help fund vital health and wellness programs which benefit residents of the Greater Lowell community.

“Over the course of its nine year history, this event has represented a wonderful partnership between Lowell General Hospital, its dedicated medical staff, and members of the community,” said Norm Deschene, President and Chief Executive Officer of Circle Health. “As the Ball has grown, we are proud to have seen support and involvement extend well beyond the walls of Lowell General Hospital. With this growth, it was fitting to rename the event the Circle Health Ball for Community Health Initiatives this year to more accurately represent the vital role our Circle Health providers and affiliates play in making the Ball such a success.”

Three local non-profits were awarded Community Health Initiative Grants for 2014. They were:

  • International Institute of Lowell’s Refugee Behavioral Health Initiative
  • UTEC’s Preventing Substance Abuse To Help Youth Succeed Program
  • Lowell Transitional Living Center’s Health Care Navigator Program

A special fund-a-need auction was also held to benefit Habitat For Humanity of Greater Lowell to raise additional funds to help build affordable houses for families in need. One lucky attendee that supported this auction received a beautiful Circle of Life diamond necklace donated by Barmakian Jewelers.

Flowers from the evening were donated to the Power of Flowers Project. The Power of Flowers Project delivers flowers free to recipients that are chosen through many channels, including community outreach programs, friends, elder services, home care organizations, senior centers and cancer clinics.

“There are so many organizations that are doing terrific work and this year’s ball carried on the tradition of being an incredible night in support of just a few of them,” said Deschene. “The Ball committee, led by Dr. Kevin Malone and Dr. Rajaa Nahra, did an outstanding job in creating an event where everyone had a wonderful time while making a difference for those in need in the communities we serve.”

This year’s event was made possible through the generosity of Platinum Sponsor: Enterprise Bank; Gold Sponsor: Commonwealth Radiology Associates; Silver Sponsors: Court Smart, Eastern Bank, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Lowell Five, Lowell Community Health Center, Merrimack Family Medicine, Merrimack Valley Cardiology, Sage Bank, Sodexo, Shields Health Care Group, Trinity Emergency Medical Service, The Sun, and Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell.

The Circle Health Ball for Community Health Initiatives was established in 2006 by Lowell General Hospital, its dedicated medical staff and concerned members of the community to generate awareness and funds to help address significant health issues facing our community. Net proceeds benefit the hospital’s Community Health Initiative programs. Past events have supported Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association’s Access to Healthcare program, Greater Lowell Health Alliance’s Early and Adequate Prenatal Care program, Mill City Grows Gardener Training program, mental health resources through HES, Inc., the Merrimack Valley Food Bank’s Community Markets, the Boys & Girls Club Healthy Habits program, breastfeeding support, and more.

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