Miriam Hospital gala, auction brings in $690,900 for programs, improvements

DANCERS PERFORM a number from the musical
DANCERS PERFORM a number from the musical "Grease" during The Miriam Hospital annual gala and auction on May 11 at the Wheeler School in Providence. / COURTESY THE MIRIAM HOSPITAL

PROVIDENCE – The Miriam Hospital raised $690,872 at its annual gala and auction this month to pay for crucial hospital programs and improvements, the hospital said.

The funds from the event will benefit The Miriam Fund for a New Generation. Of the total raised, the event’s auction and “fund-a-need” event generated $308,257 to support Miriam’s colorectal cancer program.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donor family and the dedication of our medical leaders and our staff, The Miriam is in the vanguard of research, medical treatment, and technology, not only in the region, but in the nation,” said Arthur J. Sampson, president of The Miriam Hospital. “So many give of their time [and] talent … not because The Miriam has needs, but because it meets needs.”

More than 450 people attended the May 11 event, which transformed the Wheeler School’s Van Norman Field House into Rydell High from the iconic musical “Grease.”

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Attendees were able to take Souvenir photos alongside a vintage 1957 Chevrolet. An a cappella group performed 1950s songs, and actors portrayed “Grease” characters Danny Zuko, Sandy Olsson, and Vince Fontaine.