HackensackUMC Foundation Holds 23rd Annual Recognition Gala

November 22, 2016

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With Lincoln Center as the backdrop and Sting as the headline entertainment, the HackensackUMC Foundation’s 23rdAnnual Recognition Gala made extraordinary memories and set a fundraising record.

“I want to congratulate the entire HackensackUMC Foundation team on yet another successful and memorable gala,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Their tireless work throughout the year consistently yields impressive results that directly benefit our patients and their families.”

More than 1,600 guests attended the event on Saturday, October 15.  As they entered David Geffen Hall, where Sting performed, guests were greeted by Lincoln Center musicians and ballet dancers. Both the ambiance and the entertainment greatly contributed to the success of this year’s gala, which is typically the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  This year, the gala surpassed all previous records in terms of charitable contributions.

“I am proud to share that this year’s gala was the most successful to date in that we raised a record-breaking $4 million to support pediatric cancer research and the Regenerative Medicine Institute at HackensackUMC,” said Jon M. Fitzgerald, president and chief development officer, HackensackUMC Foundation.  “I couldn’t be more proud of our team’s accomplishments and am so grateful for the outstanding commitment by our supporters who continue to demonstrate the true spirit of generosity.”

The 2016 Annual Recognition Gala Committee was chaired by Mark Schlesinger, M.D., chairman, Department of Anesthesiology, HackensackUMC, who has overseen the event for 23 years.

Established in 1980 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the HackensackUMC Foundation raises funds that support the diverse programs and services at the medical center.  The Foundation accepts contributions in the form of: direct cash gifts and pledges, matching corporate gifts, planned gifts and naming opportunities.  For more information on upcoming events or ways to donate, please call 551-996-3720 or visit www.HackensackUMCFoundation.org.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.

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From left to right:  Anne Luzzatto;  Gordon N. Litwin, Esq., co-chair, Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees; Laura Garrett;  Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO Hackensack Meridian Health; John Lloyd, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health; Maureen Lloyd; Joseph Simunovich, co-chair, Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees; and Pamela Simunovich.

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From left to right: Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, HackensackUMC;  Alexandra Sawczuk;  Mark Schlesinger, M.D., chairman, Department of Anesthesiology at HackensackUMC and chairman, 2016 Annual Recognition Gala Committee; Pari Sharif; and Hormoz Ashtyani, M.D., director/chief, Department of Medicine, Pulmonology  Division and chairman, Medical Executive Committee at HackensackUMC.
23rd Annual HackensackUMC Foundation Recognition Gala at Lincoln Center ©