, Newburyport, MA

April 30, 2014

Great Chefs' Night raises $60,000 for AJH

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Once again, it takes a village ...

On March 21, the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association hosted its signature fundraiser, Great Chefs’ Night, which raised almost $60,000 for our community hospital. This year’s theme was “Ooh la la — Great Chefs!” Our event was held at The Governor’s Academy and over 400 guests enjoyed an evening under starry Parisian skies

We would like to thank the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and the Institution for Savings, who once again were our presenting sponsors for this gala. Also, special thanks to our Platinum sponsors, who helped to make this event a huge success: M.K. Benatti Jewelers, Colden & Seymour ENT, Matter Communications, Dr. Guy Navarra and MetTrimMD, Newburyport Gastroenterology, North Shore Internal Medicine, Pentucket Medical, RiverSong Plastic Surgery, Sean Perkins of Stoneridge Properties, The Financial Advisors, LLC, The Provident Bank, and Vision Source-Watts Eye Associates. Our Gold sponsors: Atlantic Ambulance Service, Inc., Baystate Financial Services, Daniel L. Lynch Pharmacy and Whitman Financial Services. Our Silver sponsors: Circle Finishing, Inc., the law offices of Connolly & Connolly, Grossman Marketing, Healey, Deschaines and Gagliardi, Dr. Bernard Heersink, Karen Holmes Physical Therapy, Lombardi Oil & Gas, Lower Merrimac Valley PHO, Inc., Minuteman Press, Arthur S. Page and Port Plaza Cleaners, Inc.

Of course, the main attraction at Great Chefs’ Night is always the culinary delights provided by the Greater Newburyport area restaurants. A special thanks to this year’s restaurant coordinators who worked hard to showcase the best of the best, Gregg Pugh of PI Beachcoma, Paula Simpson and Brian Taylor of Carry-Out-Cafe. Our thanks to each of the chefs whose savory tastings provided epicurean delights: The chefs from the Ale House/Barking Dog, Andiamo, the AJH Cafe, Bienville Catering, Bob Lobster, Brine, Carry-Out Cafe and Catering, Ceia Kitchen & Bar, Chococcoa Baking Company, David’s Fish Market, David’s Tavern, Dianne’s Fine Desserts, The Grog, Loretta, Mad Martha’s Cafe, Michael’s Harborside, Mission Oak Grill, Old Town Bread Company, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Oregano, Panera Bread, PI Beachcoma, Plum Island Coffee Roasters, Sysco Corporation and Ten Center Street.

Thank you to our auction and raffle donors: The AJH Gift Shop, All American Tavern, American BBQ, Amesbury Sport & Skate; Annie’s, Atlantic Ambulance Service, Atlantic Hospitality Group, LLC, Black Cow Restaurant, Boat Camp Nature School, Boston Celtics, Boston Yacht Haven Inn & Marina, Brown Sugar by the Sea, Buc’s Lagoon, C&J Bus Lines, Compass Rose Inn, Clipper City Car Wash, Inc., Coastal Home & Taste of the Seacoast Magazine, Complete Car Cleaning, Etc., Custom House Maritime Museum, Dragon’s Nest, Elements Massage, Family’s Chine Restaurant & Bar, Flatbread Company, Flowers by Steve, Frisky Dog, Mark Goldstein, Giuseppe’s Pasta & Fine Food, Hall & Moskow, Hatter’s Point Marina, Interlocks Salon and Day Spa, Ipswich Country Club, Kaya Jewelers, Jeffrey Kirpas, Kurgo Products, Latitudes, MassAudubon, metroRock, Nancy’s Marshview Cafe, Natural Dog, Newburyport Adult & Community Education, Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Newburyport Lighting, North Shore Music Theater, Not Your Average Joe’s, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Park Lunch, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Peabody Essex Museum, Pretty Poppy, Purple Onion Café, Racquet Club of Newburyport, Ristorante Molise, Rochester Electronics, Starboard Galley, 17 State Street Café, Szechuan Taste, Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, Diantha Brown, Alan Bull, Kathy and Richie Eaton, Angie and Andrew Frith, Judy Jester, Donald Jurney, Jay and Laurie Knapp, David LaFlamme, Tricia Mansfield, Peg McClure, Dr. DeWayne Pursley, Robert Scott-Jackson, Martha and Mike Terry, Dianne Wilkinson and Mike and Mary Zerigian.

We truly appreciate the financial support of Wanda and Terry Blanchard, Carol Buckley, Janet Marcus, Mr. and Mrs. James Mackay, Nicholas G. Metcalf, Peter and Patty Hoyt, Lindsay Cavanagh, Anne and Stuart Tuthill, Ben and Sue Heersink, Mary Kenealy, Greg and Gerry Miller, Nancy Thurlow, David Loring, Berenice H. McLaughlin, Paul C. Rogers & Sons, Mimi Reeves, Margaret Hogan and James G. Zafris Jr.

We would also like to recognize the contributions and support of the Anna Jaques Hospital Facilities, Foundation and Volunteer Departments, Denise’s Flower Shop, Don Miller of Fine Finish Carpentry, Nunan Florist & Greenhouse, Governor’s Academy, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Seaboard Products/Great Brewers, Fontaine Dubus of The Dance Studio, Mike Steer of Seaport Signworks of Salisbury, Missy Moore and Crystal Silva of the Newburyport Five, Pam Johnson of Travelling Bartenders and her team, Ipswich Ale and our fantastic wait staff from Triton Regional High School.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Mark Goldstein and Esther Sayer, who were this year’s emcees and auctioneers. Our D.J. Scott Arrington of Murray Hill Talent, Christopher Eyers Yerlig, our Mime, Daniel Rindge, our Sketch Artist and Fontaine Dubus and her CanCan Dancers from The Dance Place. All provided a fun-filled evening!

Aid board members Martha Terry and Anne Tuthill were this year’s co-chairs and are to be congratulated. They, with the help of our fellow Aid Association members, worked tirelessly for the last several months to make the evening a huge success.

For over 125 years, all proceeds from the Aid’s fundraisers go to supporting patient services and help to maintain Anna Jaques as a topnotch facility with up-to-date technology. At its annual meeting each October, the Aid Association presents a gift to AJH and the 2013 amount was a record breaker at $108,000. A large portion of this donation comes from the Aid’s fundraisers (Great Chefs, bake sales, art sales, etc.) but more than 50 percent of the annual donation amount comes from the proceeds of the hospital Gift Shop, which is owned and operated by the Aid Association.

Again, our deepest gratitude to the many Greater Newburyport restaurants, chefs, caterers, businesses, high school volunteers and faithful family and friends of Anna Jaques who have unstintingly sponsored Great Chefs’ Night and have readily donated their time, services and goods to the cause. Our patrons and attendees are also heartily thanked. The civic-mindedness and tremendous spirit of giving lend real credence to the notion that it “takes a village.”

A million thanks! We could not have done it without all of you.

On behalf of the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association,

Mary Zerigian, President