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Published on December 06, 2016

Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation Names Co-Chairs for Gala 2017:

“A Night in Havana”

Photo of 2017 Gala Co-Chairs James Michael Murphy and Daniel SanchezWATERBURY, Conn. (December 6, 2016) –Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation will host its 26th Annual Gala, “A Night in Havana,” on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 5:30pm to midnight at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. This year’s event features an elegant dinner, dancing, an exclusive Diamond Raffle, Signature Basket raffle, as well as Saint Mary’s legendary live and silent auctions. The grand prize in the Diamond Raffle is 12-carat diamond tennis bracelet set in lustrous 14k white gold, valued at $25,000, generously donated by Onyx II Fine Jewelers of Watertown.

The co-chairs of Gala 2017 are Daniel Sanchez and James Michael Murphy, who are well known for their philanthropic support of many community organizations, including Saint Mary’s Hospital, the Greater Waterbury Chamber of Commerce, Mattatuck Museum, the Palace Theater, Waterbury Chorale, the Waterbury and Naugatuck YMCAs, Waterbury PAL, as well as many local schools.

Sanchez is the owner of Onyx II Fine Jewelers in Watertown, which has served the Greater Waterbury community for more than 45 years. Born and raised in Waterbury, Sanchez is a graduate of Holy Cross High School. He attended Fairfield University and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. After a brief stint in law school, he decided to pursue a career in his family’s jewelry business while pursuing his MBA from UConn. Sanchez was practically raised in the store, and clients to this day recall him trying to assist them with their purchases before he could see above the jewelry showcases. In 2005 Sanchez officially took over Onyx from his grandparents, Higinio and Zenaida Perez. Over the past 12 years, he has made the business his own, elevating the look, service, product and design offerings available in store and expanding the business to include a full-scale production facility in New York City.

Murphy was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pa., and graduated from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Performing Arts. In 2007 he moved to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology. During his time in New York he earned degrees in advertising and marketing communications and fabric styling while working for fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and stylist Rebecca Weinberg Field. In 2013 Murphy moved to Connecticut to join Onyx II as Brand Manager and has helped elevate the esthetic, branding and service of the store, making Onyx the area’s most desirable fine jewelry retail destination. Murphy also volunteers for several community organizations, serving as a member of the Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation Gala Committee, the planning committee for “STAGES,” the Palace Theater’s annual wine dinner, “where food and wine star,” and serves as chairman of the Main Street Watertown Merchants Association.

The Diamond Sponsor for Gala 2017 is Onyx II Fine Jewelers. The Cocktail Sponsor is Webster Bank, the Gold Sponsors are Powerstation Events and 1981 East Main Street LLC.

Tickets for the Gala are $250 per person or $2,750 for a Bronze Sponsorship, which includes tickets for 10, five Diamond Raffle tickets, and recognition in the program. Attire is black tie optional. For information about tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please call the Foundation at (203) 709-6391 or visit stmhfoundation.org.

About Saint Mary’s Hospital

Saint Mary’s Hospital is a Catholic acute care community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury since 1909 and is now a member of Trinity Health – New England. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The hospital’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown. Visit stmh.org for more information and follow us on Facebook at SaintMarysHospitalCT, Instagram and Twitter at @SaintMarysCT.

About Trinity Health - New England

Trinity Health - New England is an integrated nonprofit health care delivery system formed in 2015 and is a member of Trinity Health located in Livonia, MI, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Trinity Health - New England is comprised of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut; Johnson Memorial Medical Center, Johnson Memorial Hospital, and Johnson Health Care and Home & Community Health Services in Stafford Springs, Connecticut; and The Sisters of Providence Health System, which includes Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts; Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts; Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts; Brightside for Families and Children; and Mercy Continuing Care Network that includes Mercy Homecare, Mercy Hospice and Mercy LIFE.

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