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Local businesses sponsor HHHN fundraiser

NORTH CREEK - On Sunday, Sept. 13 Jimbo's Club at Point O'Pines in Brant Lake was host to the Hudson Headwaters Health Network (HHHN) as they raised funds for the network foundation with their fourth annual dinner.

"We called it 'Roast and Toast' and we roasted and toasted to John Rugge," said Howard Nelson, head of the foundation.

Not only did Sunday's event raise money to benefit Hudson Headwaters, it was held in honor of and celebrated the CEO and Founder of HHHN, John Rugge, MD. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Rugge's Adirondack medical practice.

The HHHN is a non-profit corporation that serves the local residents of the Adirondacks by providing them with healthcare.

"It is different than any other medical group in the region," said Dan Way, MD and participating doctor.

Roughly $115,000 was raised and donated to the HHHN foundation. The foundation is a branch of HHHN that exists to help with fund-raising efforts, which are essential in providing the network with what it needs and to advance its mission. That mission is to provide care for everyone in the community regardless of financial or insurance status.

Several local businesses sponsored the event including Creative Stage Lighting, Barton Mines, Brant Lake Camp, Point O'Pines, Glens Falls National Bank and The Sagamore. The "Roast and Toast" would certainly not have been such a success without the help of such sponsor, Way said.

"It is the genius of Dr. Rugge that has allowed HHHN to exist, expand, provide good jobs and quality medical care for 35 years in the southeastern Adirondacks," said Way.

Rugge created the vision for the HHHN and still upholds its values as a participating doctor in the network.

The event was a success as more than 300 people attended, according to Nelson.

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