CARMEL, N.Y. -- One of the guests at the annual Foundation for Putnam Hospital Center gala Oct. 22 was so moved after listening to a presentation that he donated $100,000.
Anthony Rutledge made the impromptu donation following a short video shown about the hospital Breast Center's journey to accreditation.
Rutledge, formerly of Carmel, told how his wife is a breast cancer survivor who was treated at Putnam Hospital Center.
“Congratulations and thank you for all of your great work. You all are saving lives every day and we are so proud of all of you," he said at the Moonlight Ball.
It took place at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook, had close to 300 guests, and raised $221,520, according to a release.
Putnam Hospital Center’s Auxiliary also pledged another $150,000, delivering a $50,000 check that evening for a 3-D mammography unit for the hospital.
The gala honored the team behind the newly accredited Breast Center at Putnam Hospital Center.
All of the money raised at the ball will go toward programs and services for the hospital’s breast program.
Accepting the award on behalf of the Breast Center were breast surgeon Dr. Lyda Rojas and pathologist Dr. Vinita Agarwal, physicians on the medical staff at Putnam Hospital Center.
Rojas and Agarwal spearheaded the accreditation, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons and only given to centers committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care to their patients said the release.
Hospital Foundation Executive Director Priscilla Weaver stressed the importance of the night for the hospital, the community and patients of the Breast Center.
“I’m so grateful to Mr. Rutledge, the Auxiliary and the community for their support of the event and the hospital,” she said.
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