2nd Annual Gala


The Gala

A Black tie Affair

On October 29th, the UMass Memorial- HealthAlliance Foundation will be holding its 2nd Annual Gala event.  Proceeds will go to support the Doyle Community Fund and the Mass Lung & Allergy (MLA) Foundation. Through the generous support of last year’s sponsors and attendees, all proceeds raised helped to support more than eight programs and initiatives that addressed suicide prevention, nutrition, behavioral health, substance abuse and pulmonary disease.  Once again, both Foundations will be directing funds back into the community to make a positive impact in the health and wellness of North Central Massachusetts. This black tie affair will feature the Tom Nutile Band, dinner and dancing and an electronic silent auction.

Silent Auction

Bidding is now open for the silent auction. Items include Boston Celtics tickets, golf outings at The International and Cyprian Keys, a photo booth rental, trips to Cape Cod and much more!

View all items and bid.

Thank you in advance to all of our sponsors and dinner guests as this will be a sold out event.

Presenting Sponsor

Mass Lung & Allergy

Gold Sponsors

Mass Heart & Rhythm, UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital Medical Staff, Central Mass Association of Physicians, The Melehov Family

Silver Sponsors

HealthAlliance Guild, Mount Wachusett Community College, Workers Credit Union, Sodexo, Inc., DiGiorgio Associates/Monitor Builders, Vizient, Retina Consultants PC

Community Sponsors

DoubleTree by Hilton, Fitchburg State University, UMass Memorial – Clinton Hospital

Bronze Sponsors

Avidia Bank, Community Neuroscience Services, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Small Business Insurance Agency, Lincare

IC Federal Credit Union, Sterling Village, Walsh Brothers, Marquis Health Services

Patron Sponsors

Dr. Jay & Danielle Glaser, Sunrise Assisted Living, Dix and Sarah Davis, Associated Credited Services, R. Leslie Shelton, MD, TPE Solutions, Brook Haven Hospice, Enterprise Bank, Home Care New England, RB Racing Charity, GVNA Health Care, Inc., Leslie and Peter Bovenzi

During the evening we will also be recognizing three individuals for their community services with the coveted “Gala” Award.  Recipients include a physician, a UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clitnon Hospital employee and a member of the community.  All three will be recognized for their efforts to improve the health and wellness in our region.

Congratulations to the Community GALA Award recipients!

Community Award – John Girouard, Fitchburg Fire Department and Army Combat Veteran

John Girouard has been a member of the Fitchburg Fire Department since 2013. In his time as a member of the department he has been dedicated to the department and the community through various activities. As an Army combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient, John works closely with the Home Base Program by providing outreach, debriefing/distressing talks, and as a reference point for returning veterans who are seeking help. John also volunteers for Leadership Under Fire, Inc. and delivers motivational speeches.

Employee Award – Erika Constant, HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Nutrition Department

Erika works full time and is also a volunteer here at the hospital. She is a person who is always giving  of her time, energy, resources and support for those around her and members of her community. She has participated in numerous benefit walks and fundraising events for various causes: Michael’s Run, Education Foundation 5K, Relay for Life, Boys & Girls Club Great Futures 5K and the Buzz Off for Kids at Gillette Stadium. Erika is also a volunteer with the Arc of Opportunity and a full time caregiver to her brother and regularly speaks at AA meetings to help support recovering alcoholics.

Physician Award Winner – Fernando Catalina, MD, PHD, F.A.A.P., Medical Associates Pediatrics

Dr. Catalina is a pediatrician at Medical Associates Pediatrics in Leominster and is very active as a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. Dr. Catalina also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Central New England HealthAlliance. Working with the Boys and Girls Club, he strives to help the organization focus on health and wellness for children implement creative after school activities and supporters their fundraisers. This year he was a contestant in their Celebrity Survivor show and ran in their 5k.

Gala Details:

  • Saturday October 29th, 2016
  • Cocktails at 6:00 p m
  • Dinner and music & Program 7:00 p m
  • Music and dancing with Tom Nutile Band 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm


  • DoubleTree by Hilton – Leominster
  • 99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453
  • Sponsorship opportunity information is available ( see below) or contact Deborah LaPointe, Director of Development and External Affairs at 978-466-2214
  • Individual seats $200 per person.

For more information, call Deborah LaPointe at 978-466-2214 or email dlapointe@healthalliance.com


View All Photos from the 1st Annual GALA