Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary presents $100,000 gift during annual gala


In attendance at the Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary Gala are, from left, Dr. Harold Sauer, chairman, OB/GYN, and his wife Kathleen Sauer, event co-chair; John Prete, chief operating officer, UI; event co-chair Marlene Fischer; and Ulla Atweh, auxiliary president, and her husband Dr. Nabil Atweh, chairman of surgery. UI was honored at the gala for its many years of support for Bridgeport Hospital programs and facility improvements.

The Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary presented a $100,000 check to the hospital during the group’s annual spring gala at the Birchwood Country Club in Westport May 23 .

The money will be used to renovate the SurgEase ambulatory surgery center area, as well as for nursing scholarships and the Dr. Tom Kennedy Toy Closet for hospitalized children.

More than 200 people attended the gala, which honored the United Illuminating Co. for its support of the hospital’s Connecticut Burn Center and other critical care services. UI has donated nearly $500,000 to the hospital over the years, most recently to help support the burn center modernization project completed in 2012.

The co-chairs of the gala were Marlene Fischer and Kathleen Sauer, both of Southport.

“We are very grateful to all those who attended the gala and helped raise funds that will support patient care and nursing education at Bridgeport Hospital,” said Ulla Atweh of Westport, auxiliary president.

Since it was established in 1959, the 400-member Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary has donated more than $4 million to Bridgeport Hospital facility improvements, equipment purchases, nursing scholarships and other projects.

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