Lawrence Memorial Hospital thanks community for its support

Kathy Clausing-Willis, left, and her husband, Jerry Willis, right, are pictured with John Ross at the annual meeting of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association meeting. Clausing-Willis is vice president and chief development officer at LMH.

Kathy Clausing-Willis, left, and her husband, Jerry Willis, right, are pictured with John Ross at the annual meeting of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association meeting. Clausing-Willis is vice president and chief development officer at LMH. by Karrey Britt

Lawrence Memorial Hospital leaders celebrated the past year’s successes Thursday evening, but said they couldn’t have been accomplished without community support.

“We would not be the outstanding community hospital that we are today without the support of our community and donors,” said Kathy Clausing-Willis, vice president and chief development officer.

About 160 people attended the annual LMH Endowment Association meeting at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H. in downtown Lawrence.

The association transferred $1.6 million to the hospital in 2010, and that helped pay for equipment, services, medical education and research.

There were 1,935 donors last year, who gave 2,593 gifts.

Clausing-Willis said every donation counts — from the children who donate money from birthday parties to the seniors who volunteer their time to the employees who donate 50 cents out of each paycheck.

Here are some examples of last year’s support:

555 — people attended the Hearts of Gold gala on May 1, raising $175,000.

291 — people participated in a “Small Town Big Cause 5K run/walk, raising $14,786.

353 — golfers participated in the H.P. “Penny” Jones Golf Tournament on Sept. 10, raising $112,083.

815 — LMH employees raised $74,000 through the Employee Giving Campaign.

600 — people attended a benefit concert by Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes, raising $15,000.

700 — people attended the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer dance, raising $60,000 for breast cancer early detection and awareness.

“It’s not about all of the big dollars. It’s about all of us collectively coming together to make Lawrence and our region a better place to live and to raise a family,” she said.

Steve and Dianna Nelson, Lawrence, attend the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association's annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Maceli's. Dianna was a nominee for this year's Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award. She volunteers 400 hours a year, trains new volunteers and is a champion for the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer dance.

Steve and Dianna Nelson, Lawrence, attend the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association's annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Maceli's. Dianna was a nominee for this year's Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award. She volunteers 400 hours a year, trains new volunteers and is a champion for the Stepping Out Against Breast Cancer dance. by Karrey Britt

Alice Leonard, Lawrence, and Barbara Braa, rural Lawrence, attended LMHEA's annual meeting.

Alice Leonard, Lawrence, and Barbara Braa, rural Lawrence, attended LMHEA's annual meeting. by Karrey Britt

From left, Kit Carlsen, and Les and Pat Hannon, all of Lawrence.

From left, Kit Carlsen, and Les and Pat Hannon, all of Lawrence. by Karrey Britt

From left, Connie Sollars, Melissa Hess and Heather Ackerly pose for a picture Thursday, Jan. 27, during the annual meeting of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association at Maceli's. Sollars received an Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award last year for her outstanding support of LMH. Hess and Ackerly are employees of the endowment association. Hess is the development specialist and Ackerly is the foundation and corporate relations manager.

From left, Connie Sollars, Melissa Hess and Heather Ackerly pose for a picture Thursday, Jan. 27, during the annual meeting of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association at Maceli's. Sollars received an Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award last year for her outstanding support of LMH. Hess and Ackerly are employees of the endowment association. Hess is the development specialist and Ackerly is the foundation and corporate relations manager. by Karrey Britt

Joanne and Ron Hurst, sitting, and Sandra Gautt, all of Lawrence, attend the annual LMHEA meeting. Joanne received an Elizabeth Watkins Community  Caring Award for her outstanding support of LMH in 2008.

Joanne and Ron Hurst, sitting, and Sandra Gautt, all of Lawrence, attend the annual LMHEA meeting. Joanne received an Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award for her outstanding support of LMH in 2008. by Karrey Britt

Sydney Vogelsang, 11, and her mom Linda Koester-Vogelsang, attend the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Maceli's. Linda is a nurse at LMH.

Sydney Vogelsang, 11, and her mom Linda Koester-Vogelsang, attend the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Maceli's. Linda is a nurse at LMH. by Karrey Britt

Belinda Rehmer, of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's communications department, get her camera ready to capture the 42nd annual LMH Endowment Association meeting.

Belinda Rehmer, of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's communications department, get her camera ready to capture the 42nd annual LMH Endowment Association meeting. by Karrey Britt

Dana Hale, left, vice president of nursing at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Angie Waldron, a registered nurse, attend the LMHEA annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Maceli's.

Dana Hale, left, vice president of nursing at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Angie Waldron, a registered nurse, attend the LMHEA annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Maceli's. by Karrey Britt

A handful of individuals and businesses were recognized for their outstanding support to LMH. They were:

Dr. Phillip and Phoebe Godwin, longtime LMH advocates and former employees.

Donna Osness, who served on the LMH Board of Trustees for 12 years.

Allyson Leland, who is director of volunteer services and has held the position since it was created 20 years ago.

Byron Springer of Barber Emerson, for serving, pro bono, as the general counsel for LMHEA for 40 years.

Zarco, a longtime LMH advocate and donor of time and money.

About 160 people attend the 42nd annual meeting of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Maceli's. Kathy Clausing-Willis, vice president and chief development officer, gives opening remarks.

About 160 people attend the 42nd annual meeting of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Maceli's. Kathy Clausing-Willis, vice president and chief development officer, gives opening remarks. by Karrey Britt

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Comments

Belinda Rehmer 3 years, 6 months ago

Another wonderful event orchestrated by the staff of LMH Endowment! Kudos to all who had a part in putting this together; specifically Heather Ackerly, Melissa Hess, Tracie Brosseit and of course Kathy Clausing Willis.

A very special congratulation to all the nominees and recipients of the Awards! Out of so many amazing and dedicated volunteers and staff, you each deserve so much more recognition than could ever be shown in a plaque or trophy, but I know you don't do what you do for the accolades. You do it because you care. And I for one thank you!

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