Annual Gala and Auction Raises More Than $835,000 for The Miriam

They answered the call of the disco ball!

After a two-year hiatus from in-person fundraisers, due to COVID-19 safety precautions, The Miriam Hospital welcomed back more than 400 donors, friends, and supporters for their 2022 Gala and Auction, which took place Saturday, September 10, at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence.

The venue was transformed into a Boogie Wonderland for one night only, as many guests dusted off their bell bottoms, platform shoes, and polyester jumpsuits, and joined gala chairs Debbi and Jordan Jaffe, DMD, for The Miriam’s disco-themed soiree.

Dubbed “Studio 164: A Night of Giving and Gettin’ Down,” the night featured fabulous dance performances, groovy music, spot-on period décor, and a delicious assortment of foods and drinks. But the star of the show—and what took center stage all night long—was the cause itself: raising much-needed funds to help support and advance the world-class, compassionate care the hospital delivers to the community it serves. In total, more than $835,000 was raised.

The Miriam’s President Maria Ducharme applauded the giving spirit and unwavering support of attendees, telling guests: “We are fortunate to have the most generous and caring donor community a hospital could ever hope for. You make a difference in our work each and every day.”

Susan H. Kaplan, Chair of The Miriam Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, echoed Dr. Ducharme’s sentiments and framed up for guests how truly meaningful their contributions were. “The Miriam is and always has been a leader, and with your generosity tonight, we will again set an example of caring for our community that all can follow.”

Sponsorship and ticket sale proceeds from the gala will go to The Miriam’s Greatest Needs Fund for a New Generation, which provides vital resources to support patient care services, educational programs, and innovative research projects.

Dollars raised at this year’s auctions and fund-a-need are targeted for the creation of The Lung Cancer Screening and Nodule Program at The Miriam Hospital. The new, innovative program will provide screening, coordinated care and navigation to meet the specific needs of each patient the moment a potentially cancerous lung nodule is detected. The spirited fund-a-need auction was a rousing success too, with guests waving their paddles often, and raising $420,975.

The Miriam Hospital extends its sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who helped make the 2022 Gala and Auction possible, including their generous sponsors, auction donors, and entire donor community.

The evening also featured a moving story from a lung cancer survivor as well as a video from physicians from The Miriam who discussed the impact advanced treatments and clinical trials can have on outcomes.

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For more information, please contact Kim Borek at 401-793-2062 or