February 18, 2009
Physicians from several area hospitals traded in their stethoscopes for aprons as they teamed up for “Doctor Andy’s Day for Kids” on February 22 at the Buffalo Brewpub in Williamsville. The 15th annual event helped raise funds to benefit Sisters Hospital Special Care Nursery – a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that cares for the hospital’s tiniest patients.
This event is named in memory of its co-founder and biggest supporter, Dr. Andrew Gage, who passed away in 2005. “This special day not only raises thousands of dollars to purchase needed medical equipment, but also helps us honor the memory of Andy Gage and his spirit and dedication to Sisters Hospital,” said Dr. Joe Maddi, chairman of the event. “He was a generous man with a big heart who just wanted to help babies with special needs.”
During the fundraiser, area physicians served as “guest bartenders” throughout the day – donating their time and tips for this worthwhile cause. The Buffalo Brewpub also pitched in by donating a portion of the profits from food and beverage sales during the event. In addition to an afternoon of socializing, there was door prizes and numerous theme basket raffles. Most of the baskets were made and donated by the nurses and staff at Sisters Hospital.
Since its inception, “Doctor Andy’s Day for Kids” has raised over $140,000 to fund the purchase of neonatal medical equipment to care for premature infants and babies with special needs at Sisters Hospital. “It’s a lasting tribute to Dr. Gage and his unwavering support that this event has helped touch so many little lives and will continue to have an enduring impact on babies throughout our community,” said Julie Snyder, Executive Director of the Sisters Hospital Foundation.