Hospital’s ‘Starry Night’ event benefits two causes
By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin
Published Aug. 5, 2009
tents on Belle Avenue, adjacent to Lakewood Hospital, provided the
summer party setting for the fourth annual “Starry Night” benefit
on July 31.
More than 630 guests gathered to help raise funds
for two worthwhile causes. The $110,000 in proceeds will go toward
funding the Lakewood Hospital Diabetes and Endocrine Center and
the Lakewood Arts Festival Scholarship Fund. The hospital’s fundraiser
has become the opening event for the popular yearly arts festival.
A highlight of the party was an art auction organized
by Linda Goik and Lakewood’s Local Girl Gallery. Artists submitted
works ranging from paintings to jewelry, interpreting the theme,
“Summer Nights … Under the Stars.” Monica Robins, senior health
correspondent for WKYC-TV 3, served as auction emcee.
In addition to the auction, guests enjoyed four gourmet
food stations, with food catered by AVI Food Systems and the chefs
of nine regional Cleveland Clinic hospitals. The Bottom Line Band
provided music for dancing under the stars.
Jack Gustin, president of Lakewood Hospital, said
the Diabetes and Endocrine Center will use part of the funds raised
to host a conference on diabetes at LaCentre in Westlake this fall.
“Because of events like ‘Starry Night,’ we are able
to educate the community and provide assistance to those in need,”
he noted. “The center is using event proceeds to host an educational
Diabetes Expo on Oct. 29 and to support its Diabetes Assistance
Initiative, a program to help the uninsured and underinsured by
providing funds for prescription diabetes medications and supplies,
as well as scholarships for diabetes education.”
“Having an opportunity to spend a summer evening with
friends and colleagues, all while raising money for two important
causes, makes ‘Starry Night’ the premier event this summer,” Gustin
Committee members for this year’s “Starry Night” benefit
party included Bill Koziol, Kristin Broadbent, Aimee Smith, Anne
Kuenzel, Gina Gavlak, Maureen Duffy, Bob Gleeson, Tony Mohseninia,
Bob Battista, Debbie Gaebelein, Nathan Mason, Debbie Sukey, Dan
Zezena, Barbara Milenious and Mary Ann Crampton.