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Huge Turnout For Saint Francis Miracles Gala

About 1,400 guests attended the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center's 28th annual Miracles Gala Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

The 2017 gala benefits Saint Francis' Women and Infants Services, a personal cause for George and Veronica Payne: Their daughter Evonnica was born there, weighing only 1 pound 13 oz. She is now 2.

"She spent four months at the hospital," says Veronica. "We are so grateful for Saint Francis because they have done so much for us. The entire staff, we are so grateful to them."

Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, silent wine auction, gourmet dinner and dancing. Celebrity emcee was Clifton Davis, actor, singer, composer and producer. Irene O'Connor of WFSB interviewed guests on the red carpet.

"It's an incredible team," saysd Dr. Phil Roland, physician executive director of Women and Infant Services. He says the reason he works at Saint Francis is "the ability to work with wonderful healthcare professionals and it's the commitment to our community to provide excellent care to all women and their infants in our community."

Other guests included director of the NICU at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Jose Arias-Camison and wife Amy; John Rodis, president of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; Chris Dadlez, CEO of Trinity Health of New England and wife Eileen; Eric and Jessica Hudson of Southington; and Scott and Alecia Hogan of Southington.

"The best part of working at Saint Francis is when babies go home with their families," says Jose Arias-Camison, who has been with the hospital since July 1999.

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