The Lanam Club in Andover was appropriately adorned with over 3,000 roses as Merrimack Valley Hospice held their gala there on Kentucky Derby Day.
Women in couture millinery galore and dapper gentlemen gathered among the roses on Saturday, May 4, for the group's inaugural Kentucky Derby Gala. Nearly 100 guests gathered around the Club's wide screen televisions on the outdoor pavilion, reminiscent of Churchill Down's "Big Board," to witness a historic running of the 145th Kentucky Derby. Following the Derby, guests were invited indoors to a post-race gala including dinner and dancing.
“This is the first-ever Kentucky Derby fundraiser to benefit Merrimack Valley Hospice,” said Steve Janavicus, owner of Flowers by Steve. “A one-of-a kind celebration in support of hospice care and to bring awareness to the specialized services provided by High Pointe House.”
“Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to offer comfort and compassion to patients of High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice," said Donna Deveau, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Engagement for Merrimack Valley Hospice. “We are honored by the generosity of co-sponsors the Clive B. and Suzanne I. Fazioli Charitable Foundation and Flowers by Steve, as well as the many guests in attendance."
The event raised $40,000 to support the compassionate care provided by Merrimack Valley Hospice.