Hospital Foundation Celebrates Success Of 19th Annual Rose Ball

RAHWAY – The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation recently celebrated the success of their 19th annual Rose Ball.

“Our 19th Annual Rose Ball raised $180,000 for the programs, services and facilities of RWJUH Rahway, including the Fund for Technology Advancements,” said Christine Kline, Rose Ball Chairman and RWJUH Rahway Foundation Trustee, adding that the event enabled the Foundation to recognize the outstanding commitment and dedication of two very special honorees – G. Allen Geyer, Chairman of RWJUH Rahway’s Board of Governors and Schering-Plough Corporation.

Accepting the Order of the Rose award, Joe Starkey, executive director of public affairs and president of the Schering-Plough Foundation thanked RWJUH Rahway, adding that Schering-Plough is proud to partner with the hospital as it strengthens its ability to deliver preventative health care services, as well as emergency and chronic care.

Serving in his sixth year as chairman of the Board of Governors at RWJUH Rahway, Guardians of the Rose recipient, G. Allen Geyer asked attendees to join him in a toast as thanks to all for their support of community-based healthcare.

The foundation acknowledges the generosity of its very special sponsors – Schering-Plough Corporation, Northfield Bank Foundation, ADCO Electrical Corporation, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Merck & Co., Inc., Radiology Associates, P.A., QualCare, Inc., Rahway Anesthesiologists, P.A., Sodexho, K & L Gates, HRH MetroNortheast LLC, RSI Bank, and ConocoPhillips–Bayway Refinery.

Back by popular demand, the Rose Ball Super 50/50 Raffle reached a final total of $22,350 and the lucky first prize winner, Richard Olin, D.M.D., from the hospital’s medical/dental staff, received $5,587. “The Rose Ball Committee would especially like to thank our community residents, Board members and hospital staff who supported our 50/50 raffle,” said Kline.

Guests at the gala enjoyed a wonderful cocktail reception and dinner at the Hotel Westminster in Livingston and danced to the music of the Hank Joel Orchestra. The event honorees and Vice Chairman’s Committee members enjoyed a special by invitation-only reception immediately preceding the cocktail hour.

Serving on the Vice Chairman’s Committee were Peter Bihuniak, RWJUH Rahway’s vice president of finance; Bernice “Bunny” Bowen, RWJUH Rahway Foundation vice chairman; Dr. Michael and Michele Chen; Dave DePierro, food and environmental services general manager, RWJUH Rahway; Gail Driscoll, public affairs manager, Merck & Co., Inc.; RWJUH Rahway Foundation Chairman Joseph Gibilisco; Thomas F. Grahill, Chairman, RSI Bank; John Higgins, site manager, Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway; RWJUH Rahway Foundation Secretary, Bonnie Josephs; Lynn Kearney, acting vice president, patient services, RWJUH Rahway; Mayor James Kennedy; Joanne Kreisberg, foundation trustee; Brian Leddy, treasurer/assistant secretary, RWJUH Rahway Board of Governors; Marlene H. Lubinger, RWJUH Rahway Foundation president; Alan S. Miller, M.D., EmCare; John H. Moore, senior vice president, HRH MetroNortheast LLC; Edward Rittweger, M.D., president, Radiology Associates, P.A.; Don Schramke, district manager, Sodexho; Kathryn Tarantino, RWJUH Rahway vice president human resources; Kirk C. Tice, RWJUH Rahway president & CEO; Stephen Timoni, Esq., K & L Gates, and Michael Widmer, executive vice president, Northfield Bank.

For more information concerning RWJUH Rahway Foundation’s annual fund raising events or to make a donation, call the Foundation Office, 732-499-6135, e-mail at or and click on “your support.”

Representatives from Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway-Linden site, the 2006 Order of the Rose recipient and Mayor James Kennedy, the 2007 Order of the Rose recipient, celebrate at this year’s 19th Annual Rose Ball. From left to right, Marlene H. Lubinger, RWJUH Rahway Foundation President; Kirk Tice, President & CEO, RWJUH Rahway; Gail Driscoll, Manager of Public Affairs, Merck & Co., Inc.; James Kennedy and his wife, Lori; John Higgins, Site Manager, Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, and his wife, Suzanne and Joseph D. Gibilisco, Chairman, RWJUH Rahway Foundation.

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