The Sky Lights Up For Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center Foundation

July 9, 2019

The Sky Lights Up For Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center Foundation
The Riverview Medical Center Foundation Fireworks on the Navesink in Middletown, NJ

Family Fireworks on the Navesink Fundraiser Generously Hosted by the DiPiero Family

More than 500 guests gathered at the DiPiero home for the Seventh Annual Family Fireworks on the Navesink to support Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center Foundation on Wednesday, July 3. The event raised more than $250,000, which will go toward enhancing technologies and services at the medical center.

“This event gets better and better every year,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation. “Riverview Medical Center is fortunate to have incredible support from the community, as well as a fantastic board and friends like the DiPieros who generously host this event year after year. Philanthropy is vital in helping to provide cutting-edge technology, training our team members, enhancing the patient experience and creating new spaces for care, and we are grateful to everyone who came out in support of this tremendous cause.”

The Family Fireworks event featured a buffet, a variety of food trucks, inflatable rides, games and a 22-minute fireworks display timed to festive music.

“Once again, the fireworks were fantastic,” says Steven Scopellite, chair of the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees. “But beyond the show, what was truly spectacular, was the community joining together for a cause that will greatly benefit area residents. This event provides supporters with the ability to gather for a great cause, while helping to keep alive the time honored tradition of fireworks on the Navesink.”

Funds raised at events such as the Family Fireworks on the Navesink all contribute toward a $150 million fundraising goal as part of the Meridian Health Foundation’s Giving Heals campaign. Giving Heals, which has currently raised more than $95 million, supports four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs at the following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Bayshore Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.

“Hosting the annual fireworks event has become part of Riverview Medical Center’s fabric and it’s an honor to host it every year,” says Hilary DiPiero, event chair and Riverview Medical Center Foundation trustee. “It is truly a joy to bring together such a diverse group of individuals who all come together in support of our fantastic medical center, which brings healing to so many.”

The Family Fireworks on the Navesink was generously sponsored by the following: Presenting Sponsors: Crazees Ice Cream Store and the Mulheren Family; Fireworks Sponsors: The Cullen Disque Family Foundation, The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation, Mel and Terry Karmazin and The William & Janice Farber Charitable Fund; Title Sponsors: Compass One Healthcare, Excalibur Group and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, P.A.

To learn more about how you can support Riverview Medical Center Foundation, or the Giving Heals campaign, contact Jennifer Smith, vice president of development, at 732-751-5115 or, or visit