“Unmask the Future Masquerade Ball” Raises $720,000 to Support New BreastCare Center

Date: November 04, 2016

NEEDHAM, MASS.—One of Needham’s largest fundraising galas, the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID–Needham) 18th Annual Gala was held on October 29, 2016 at the Westin Copley Place, Boston. This year’s celebration, “Unmask the Future: Masquerade Ball,” brought together nearly 800 community members for a night of bidding, dancing and excitement all in support of the hospital’s new BreastCare Center, which offers patients comprehensive breast services, delivered with compassionate care.

Maria Stephanos, WCVB NewsCenter 5 anchor, was the evening’s emcee, with auctioneer John Terrio leading a live auction that raised $720,000 in support of the BreastCare Center. Grateful patient Ginny MacDowell shared her story about her journey as a patient with breast cancer. Another grateful patient, Marianne Centrella, was featured in a short documentary about her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, bringing the crowd to their feet in a standing ovation.

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“This year’s masquerade ball was a truly memorable evening of celebrating the community, our supporters and the ‘unmasking’ of the new BreastCare Center at BID–Needham,” said John M. Fogarty, President and CEO of BID–Needham. “Women’s health is a priority for BID–Needham, and our latest initiative to create a brand new, state-of-the-art BreastCare Center demonstrates that commitment. We are inspired by the generosity of the community who came together to raise money for the new center. This center is truly the foundation of care—with early detection and a strong support team around our patients, more and more we see that breast cancer is a curable diagnosis.”

“We owe so much of this amazing night to our 2016 gala committee,” said Samantha Sherman, Chief Development and External Relations Officer at BID–Needham. “Our success relies on our relationship with the community, and our committee this year brought an astonishing amount of energy and commitment to make this night full of fun and surprises. They helped spread the word, leading our tickets sales to sell out faster than ever, eight weeks before the event. We are grateful to the community and to our friends and neighbors for helping making this evening a huge success.”

“It was an honor to celebrate ‘Unmask The Future,’ share my story and help raise critical funds to support the new BreastCare Center,” said Ginny MacDowell, a grateful patient from Wayland who spoke about her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. “When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I knew there was only one team to use and one place to go. My new life began as a breast care patient and then a breast care survivor. I never looked back. Thank you to Beth Israel Deaconess Needham and my family and friends for helping to make this night and my recovery possible.”
MacDowell’s care team included breast surgeon and now Co-Director of the new BreastCare Center in Needham Dr. Mary Jane Houlihan; Dr. Robb Friedman, Medical Director of the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center in Needham; and Dr. Stuart Berman, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, all of whom practice at BID–Needham.

Pictured Clockwise (L-R): Marianne Centrella, Dr. Mary Jane Houlihan and Dr. Robb Friedman; Roy and Ginny MacDowell with John Fogarty, President and CEO of BID–Needham; Dr. Tejas Mehta and Dr. Sham Venkataraman; and Gala emcee Maria Stephanos, WCVB NewsCenter 5 anchor.To view a full gallery of photos from of the event, please visit www.bidneedham.org/gala.

About the BreastCare Center  
The new BreastCare Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham is a sophisticated, multi-disciplinary breast clinic with the latest imaging technology, which provides advanced diagnosis and treatment. The Center is co-led by Mary Jane Houlihan, MD, a surgical oncologist and breast surgeon at BID–Needham and BIDMC, and Tejas S. Mehta, MD, MPH, co-director of the BIDMC BreastCare Center and chief of breast imaging at BIDMC. This expansion allows hospital to nearly double its annual breast exam capacity, from 8,000 exams per year to 15,000 per year. The Center utilizes the latest technology—including 3D mammography, ultrasounds and MRI—all read by subspecialized breast imagers who also practice at BIDMC. On-site surgical services, including breast reconstruction and a state-of-the-art cancer center, give patients comprehensive breast services, delivered with compassionate care. To learn more, visit www.bidneedham.org/breastcare.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital−Needham
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital−Needham (BID−Needham) is a licensed, 58-bed, acute care community hospital affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. The direct affiliation with BIDMC, since 2000, has facilitated the clinical integration of staff and resources in emergency medicine, hospital medicine (hospitalists), cardiology, radiology, orthopedics, general surgery, pathology, and oncology. BIDMC and BID−Needham opened the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion at BID–Needham, providing more accessible, patient-centered cancer care and advanced surgical services to the community.
BID−Needham has served residents in Needham, Newton, Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Sherborn, Wellesley, Westwood and other surrounding communities for more than 100 years. The hospital has been recognized by several organizations for quality and safety, including the American Heart and American Stroke Associations for lifesaving stroke care. For more information, please visit www.bidneedham.org. Find BID−Needham on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BIDNeedham and follow us on Twitter @bidneedham and Instagram @bidneedham