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Recent Corporator Events & Activities


Emerson Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament

Corporator Jennifer Cyrs of Boxborough led the Golf Tournament Committee to a sell-out crowd of golfers at the Nashawtuc Country Club in Concord on a beautiful fall day.  Other corporators on the planning committee included Leslie Cheney, Priscilla Gannon, Denise Haartz and Sally Savelle.  Many corporators sponsored a team or volunteered at the event, which raised $69,650 to support Emerson Hospital programs such as Pediatric Intervention Team coping kits, community services transport equipment, the Emerson Hospital employee emergency assistance fund and cardiac rehabilitation equipment.  Ernest Efeterbia, a nursing student who is in training at Emerson, won the $1,000 helicopter golf ball drop prize.

Corporator Dinner

Seventy corporators and their guests attended the corporator dinner in September.  Robert Cantu, MD, chairman of Emerson Hospital’s Department of Surgery, chief of the neurosurgery service and director of sports medicine, presented material from his recently written book “Concussions and Our Kids.”

Verrill Farm Harvest Festival

A gorgeous fall day awaited hundreds of families at the seventh Verrill Farm Harvest Festival.  Games, activities, pumpkin-picking, pony rides, pulled pork sandwiches, popcorn and brightly painted faces made for a festive day.  Stephen Verrill, Concord corporator and owner of Verrill Farms of Concord, hosted the harvest festival to benefit Emerson Hospital’s pediatric coping kit program.  The kits are distributed to pediatric patients and their parents to make the hospital experience as easier one.  This year, $15,000 was raised.  Corporators Sally Bradford, Jennifer Carter, Jane Coutre, Bruce Osterling, Betsy Purcell and Julie Turner were among the 70 volunteers who helped at the event.  Paul Birch, a hospital board director, lent a hand at the new game, High Striker.

Donor Reception

In October, an appreciation cocktail party was held at DeCordova Museum in Lincoln in honor of Emerson’s leadership donors.  Ninety guests were greeted by Christine Schuster, president and CEO; Gloria Clough, chair of the Emerson Health Care Foundation; and Steve Carr, chair of the Annual Appeal Committee.  All donors were thanked for their generosity, which led the way to $3.48 million in gifts and commitments, including $1.18 million for the Annual Appeal.

Emerson Hospital Auxiliary Annual Meeting

More than 100 attendees participated in the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary’s Annual Meeting and luncheon with featured speaker Robert Cantu, MD, chairman of Emerson’s department of surgery, chief of the neurosurgery service and director of sports medicine.  He presented material from his recently written book, “Concussions and Our Kids.”  In addition, the following individuals were elected as officers of the auxiliary board:  Sally Savelle, president; Julie Turner, president elect; Carol Wipper, secretary; Melissa Cruz, treasurer; Karen Carper, vice president of marketing; and Karen McCarthy, vice president of membership.

Have a Heart, Have a Ball Gala to Benefit Cardiac Care at Emerson Hospital

With gorgeous, waterfront views, a crowd of 420 people enjoyed dining, dancing and silent auction activities at the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse.   The Courthouse was transformed into an elegant dining room with eye-catching metallic table cloths and exotic floral arrangements.  The event was led by co-chairs, corporators Kristin Canty, Sandra Curran and Denise Haartz.  For eighteen months, they planned and led a committee of thirty raising $480,000 to support cardiac care at Emerson Hospital.  The Committee included corporators:  Tina Cantu, Cynthia Deysher, Heidi Harring, Lauren Huyett, Jen Kelt, Betty Ann Killian, Judy Blaikie Lane, Lynn Martin, Amy Newell, Amy Rose and Maryrose Sykes.