Aid Association

Raising Funds for Patient Care

The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association has been in existence for almost as long as the hospital itself. Founded in 1888, it is made up of energetic, dedicated women and men whose primary goal is to raise funds to purchase special equipment for the hospital. The Aid Association has about 200 members and is governed by its own 28 member board of directors. Their work has made a tremendous difference over the years and has provided millions of dollars for mission critical needs. Join the Aid Association today!

Thanksgiving Pie Sale Fundraiser


The Anna Jaques Aid Association is hosting a Thanksgiving Pie Sale Fundraiser. Purchase delicious pies from Andyman's Dessert & Baking Co. while supporting Anna Jaques Hospital. Click to learn more.

Aid Association Presents $170,000 to AJH at 2018 Annual Meeting - and kicks off 130th anniversary

NEWBURYPORT  – The Anna Jaques Aid Association kicked off its 130th anniversary at its annual meeting Thursday and presented a check for $170,000 to Mark Goldstein, president and CEO; Mary Williamson, vice president of development; and David LaFlamme, chairman of the Anna Jaques board of trustees.

The funds were designated to the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center; two intensive care unit rotation beds; cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology system; the gift shop renovation project; and comfort teddy bears for the hospital’s young patients.

Great Chefs' Night - Under the Tuscan Sun Raises $100,000

The AJH Aid Association raised over $100,000 at Great Chefs’ Night - Under the Tuscan Sun on April 6th at the Blue Ocean Event Center. More than 450 guests, comprised of employees, Aid Association members, board members, community leaders, and hospital supporters, enjoyed food samplings from local restaurants and chefs, live entertainment, silent and live auctions and dancing.

This annual event is the Aid Association’s largest fundraiser for Anna Jaques thanks in large part to the support its sponsors, especially the Provident Bank as the presenting sponsor this year. In addition to the popular $5,000 jewelry raffle generously donated by Matt and Karyn Khatib of M.K. Benatti Jewelers, a new raffle for a trip to Italy, donated by BNY Mellon Wealth Management, drew in lots of excitement. Also new this year was a wine pull, donated by People’s United Bank.

 A special thank you to all Aid Association members as well Amanda Ross of the Community Health Foundation who worked tirelessly to make this event a great success.

Aid Association Presents $165,000 to AJH at 2017 Annual Meeting

Mary Ann Abbott, President of the Aid Association, presented a check to President & CEO Mark Goldstein, and Chair of the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation Board Trey Byrnes in the amount of $165,000 at the Aid Association Annual Meeting on October 19th. Funds will directly support patient care and hospital capacity-building projects at Anna Jaques.

The Aid Association’s success is attributed to annual events like Great Chefs’ Night, the AJH Gift Shop, the beloved bake sales and plants sales, the art display and sales program, and the Holiday Arts & Craft Fair, to name a few. These events also reflect the important role that the Aid plays as they bring together local businesses, community leaders, hospital supporters, and philanthropic individuals in support of its community hospital.

At the meeting, Mary Ann Abbott passed the baton as Aid Association President and welcomed Patricia Mansfield as the next president. Patricia has been a longtime support of Anna Jaques and served on the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation Board from 2013-2017.

The meeting also recognized retiring Aid Association directors including longtime Treasurer, Nancy Thurlow, welcomed new members, and introduced new officers: Patricia Mansfield, President; Joyce Enderle, Vice President; Mary Beth Orlando, Treasurer; Meg Foster, Recording Secretary; and Ellen Andrews, Corresponding Secretary.

“Mary Ann has been an unstoppable force at the helm of the Aid Association. In her three years as president, the Aid has raised close to $500,000 which has directly impacted programs and technology at the hospital. We thank Mary Ann for her leadership and warmly welcome Patricia to the role,” said Mark Goldstein, President & CEO. 

Funds raised through signature events programs, such as: 

Great Chefs’ Night: the Aid Association’s flagship annual event and largest fundraiser in support of Anna Jaques Hospital – raising over $100,000 last year alone. Enjoy delicious food samplings from some of the finest area restaurants and chefs as well as auctions, raffles, live music and more.

Gift Shop: the hospital's gift shop, run by the Aid, is the best kept secret for specialty gifts, home décor, apparel, jewelry, accessories and more.

Art Sales: each month, the Aid Association features a different local artists' artwork in the main lobby of the hospital, with a percentage of the funds to support the hospital. 

Annual Tree of Light Remembrance: Tree of Light is a community-wide remembrance event organized by the Anna Jaques Aid Association. During this season of giving, we hope you choose to participate in this heartwarming fundraiser by purchasing a light for our AJH Remembrance Tree. 

Each donation made in memory or in honor of a loved one is reflected in a light that shines from the tree. View of 2017 Tree of Light Scroll!

Gift Shop Renovation Project

It has been almost 20 years since the Anna Jaques Aid Association Gift Shop has renovated its space in the's time to spruce things up! 

Renovations start at the end of August, with a grand opening slated for the fall.  Updates will include: new lighting, hardware, flooring, and equipment. The updated space will enable the Gift Shop team to better run the shop and introduce new items.

The Aid Association Board is investing in the future of the Gift Shop and funding this project, but any level of support from individuals and businesses are welcome and will directly support the renovation efforts.

How can I support the Gift Shop Renovation?

  • Check: Payable to "AJH Aid Association"; 25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport
  • A donation box will be in the Gift Shop
  • Donate online below (please wait for the form to load)

The Gift Shop is special for so many patients, visitors, employees and volunteers. It's where friends and family stop to get flowers, a gift or a card to support their loved one or to find a sweet stuffed animal or onesie to celebrate a newborn. It is where countless employees visit on a regular basis to get a snack or candy, to chat with the wonderful Gift Shop workers, or often take a much-needed time out during a long or emotional day. 

Join us in supporting this long overdue project!

Beloved Gift Shop employees

The best shop in town for specialty items, gifts, home decor and seasonal pieces.

The Gift Shop, led by Susan Dixon, raises thousands of dollars for the hospital each year.

Executive Board

Mary Ann Abbott

Linda Salah

Anne Tuthill

Judith Bowden

Pat McGranahan

Members of the Board 2018-2019

  • Mary Ann Abbott
  • Ellen Andrews
  • Judith Bowden
  • Diantha Brown
  • Geri Buzzotta
  • Karen Davis   
  • Sue DiMartino      
  • Susan Dixon             

  • Alison Ebacher         
  • Joyce Enderle                
  • Melissa Foley    
  • Katie Habib
  • Meghan Holmes     
  • Sandra Johnson   
  • Suzanne Longley 

  • Tricia Mansfield   
  • Pat McGranahan     
  • Joan Miller      
  • Amanda Ross    
  • Jan Ryan                                                     
  • Linda Salah           
  • Marcia Samuelson       
  • Cheryl Satryb   
  • Katy Tavares 
  • Anne Tuthill