Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Holds 17TH Annual Joseph M. Sanzari Charity Motorcycle Run and Raffle

Sponsored by Joseph M. Sanzari of Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc.

Under a picturesque fall sky, hundreds of bikers lined up at Ross Dock in Fort Lee, NJ, to take part in the 17th Annual Motorcycle Run and Raffle, sponsored by Joseph M. Sanzari of Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc. This year’s event raised $720,000, making this Motorcycle Run one of the most successful to date, and bringing the total raised to more than $6 million.

“I congratulate the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation team and our good friend, Joe Sanzari, for hosting yet another successful event,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center. “This event gives the community the opportunity to not only enjoy a beautiful day, but also to make a difference. I am so proud of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation team who worked so hard to make this day so memorable every year.”

Escorted by police from various towns for the 70-mile tour, the bikers rode from Ross Dock, across the George Washington Bridge to Bear Mountain, New York. They returned to Fort Lee via the Palisades Interstate Parkway.

“Our Charity Motorcycle Run and Raffle gets better and better every year,” said Joseph M. Sanzari, chair, Pascack Valley Medical Center Joint Venture Board and past chair of the Hackensack University Medical Center Board of Governors, and for which the charity run and motorcycle raffle is named. “This year, we had one of the largest groups ever participate, including 350 bikers and close to 500 participants. It really warms my heart knowing that this event brings the community together to support such a great cause.”

“This is truly one of the most popular events that we hold, and every year it seems to grow,” said Jon Fitzgerald, president and chief development officer, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. “The proceeds of this year’s Motorcycle Run and Raffle will benefit Emergency Mobile Services at Hackensack University Medical Center.”

The day started off at Ross Dock with a special VIP event, “Breakfast with Joe.” Bikers and friends enjoyed a full breakfast menu and a chance to say “thank you” to Joe in person. After the motorcycle run, the “Party Under the Bridge” at Ross Dock began, which included family-friendly games and plenty of food and live entertainment.

One of the highlights at the celebration included Mr. Sanzari’s young granddaughter, Mia Sanzari, pulling the winning ticket for the 2017 Harley-Davidson FLHTK Electra Glide Ultra Limited “Mysterious/Velocity Red,” with a retail value of $28,049. The motorcycle and helmet were donated by Joseph M. Sanzari.

Photo 1: Hundreds of motorcyclists turned out for the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation’s 17th Annual Joseph M. Sanzari Charity Motorcycle Run and Raffle at Ross Dock in Fort Lee. From left to right: Jon Fitzgerald, president and chief development officer, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation; Mark D. Schlesinger, M.D. chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Hackensack University Medical Center; Rosemarie J. Sorce, vice chair, Hackensack University Medical Center Board of Governors; Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health; Joseph M. Sanzari, chair, Pascack Valley Medical Center Joint Venture Board and past chair of the Hackensack University Medical Center Board of Governors; Lawrence R. Inserra Jr., chair, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees; and Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, Hackensack University Medical Center.

Photo 2: Mia Sanzari, granddaughter of Joseph M. Sanzari, pulled the winning raffle ticket for the 2017 Harley-Davidson FLHTK Electra Glide Ultra Limited “Mysterious/Velocity Red,” with a retail value of $28,049. The motorcycle and helmet were donated by Joseph M. Sanzari.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, 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 now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 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. Hackensack University Medical Center 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. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2017. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 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. Hackensack University Medical Center 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. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.