With the combined support of more than 800 attendees, as well as dozens of supporters and sponsors, Stamford Hospital's ninth annual Dream Ball gala has raised more than $700,000.

All proceeds support patient-centered care and the programs at Stamford Hospital.

The event celebrated the hospital and its many achievements of the past year, in particular breaking ground on its new facility.

Attendees had the chance to rub elbows with celebrities throughout the evening, including special guest and emcee Jeff Rossen, national investigative correspondent for

NBC's "Today Show" and leader of the "Rossen Reports" investigative unit.

Following an emotional personal story by Dream Ball committee member Jamie Krug, whose son required immediate resuscitative care at birth, guests participated in a paddle raise to help support the purchase of additional state-of-the-art equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Guests also had the opportunity to bid during a silent auction and then danced to the tunes of the Doo Wop Project.

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"We are so grateful to all of those who make the evening possible, from our amazing Dream Ball committee to our sponsors and all of the attendees," said Christopher Riendeau, senior vice president of fund development at Stamford Hospital and executive director of the Stamford Hospital Foundation.

"It is a very special evening and it is humbling to see such a grand show of support from our donors, physicians, staff and members of the community, whose generosity will help us build and sustain our new hospital for generations to come."