Thursday, 15 December 2022 11:53

Flower & Fruit Mission Pledges $225,000 for Mother/Baby Unit at Saratoga Hospital Annual Snow Ball Raises $30,000 for Women’s Health Services

The Flower & Fruit Mission’s 2022 Snow Ball. Photo by Cathleen V Duffy. The Flower & Fruit Mission’s 2022 Snow Ball. Photo by Cathleen V Duffy.

SARATOGA SPRINGS —The Flower & Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital will donate $225,000 to buy new labor and delivery beds to enhance the childbirth experience at the Hospital’s Mother/Baby Unit.

Flower & Fruit Mission President Stephanie Collins announced the gift Dec. 3 at the annual Snow Ball, the organization’s signature holiday party. This year’s event netted $30,000 and honored recently retired Saratoga Hospital President and CEO Angelo Calbone for his 16 years of extraordinary service to the Hospital and the community.

The new beds will put the finishing touches on a $2.7 million unit renovation, which created a modern, comfortable birthing environment rooted in best practices for maternity care. The $225,000 is in addition to a previous Flower & Fruit Mission gift of $250,000 for the renovation.

The Flower & Fruit Mission was founded in 1904 to support maternity care at Saratoga Hospital. At first, the Mission provided flowers and fruit for new mothers and blankets, caps, and clothing for infants born at the Hospital. More recently, the organization has focused primarily on fundraising and has donated more than $1.5 million for women’s health-related services. 

Major sponsors of this year’s Snow Ball include the Adirondack Trust Company and Stewart’s Shops/the Dake family.

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