Rose Ball Raises Over $100,000 For Hospital

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RAHWAY — The 21st annual Rose Ball raised almost $102,000 for RWJ Rahway to upgrade its technology, purchase new equipment and improve its facilities, according to Christine Kline, Rose Ball chairman and RWJ Rahway Foundation trustee.

The event also recognized the commitment and dedication of the hospital’s medical/dental staff and Northfield Bank.


Accepting the Order of the Rose, Northfield Bank Chairman & CEO John Alexander thanked the hospital for the honor, and expressed the bank’s continued  commitment to the healthcare needs of the community.

The hospital’s medical/dental staff was inducted into the Guardians of the Rose and Dr. Vinod Sinha, president of the medical/dental staff, accepted the award on their behalf.  Staff members received a Guardians of the  Rose commemorative pin in appreciation for their 93 years of partnership in  healthcare with the  hospital, and their medical expertise, leadership and  compassionate care to their patients.

The foundation thanked the many special sponsors who supported the event, including the two Rose Sponsors, Northfield Bank Foundation and RSI Bank.  Other special sponsors included Merck & Co., Inc., Emergency Medical Associates of NJ; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; QualCare, Inc., K & L Gates, Sodexo, RWJ Hamilton & Children’s Specialized Hospital; Siemens Medical Solutions USA; ConocoPhillips – Bayway Refinery GNYHA; Rahway Anesthesiologists, P.A.; Doctors Vinod and Anubha Sinha; TLC and S & D Radiology and Rahway Pathology, P.A.

The annual Rose Ball Super 50/50 Raffle reached $19,050 and the lucky first prize winner received $4,762.50. “The Rose Ball Committee would especially like to thank our hospital family, Board members, Medical/Dental staff members, and community residents who supported our 50/50 raffle,” said Kline.

Dramatic purple linens with red accents set the stage for the 230 guests to enjoy a wonderful cocktail reception complete with strolling magicians and a vocalist, followed by dinner at the Hotel Westminster in Livingston. Dancing to the music of Park Avenue Sound added to the splendid event.  The honorees and committee members enjoyed a special by invitation only reception immediately proceeding the cocktail hour.

Serving on the Vice Chairman’s Committee were Peter Bihuniak, RWJ Rahway’s Vice President of Finance; Bernice “Bunny” Bowen, Bowen Realty; RWJ Rahway Foundation Vice Chairman; Hospital Governor, Dr. Michael Chen and Foundation Trustee, Michele Chen; Dave DePierro, Food and Environmental Services General Manager, Board of Governors Vice Chairman, Allen Geyer and Foundation Trustee, Roberta Geyer; Joseph Gibilisco, RWJ Rahway Foundation Chairman and Manager Lehrer-Gibilisco Funeral Home; RWJ Rahway Foundation Secretary, Bonnie Josephs; Lynn Kearney, Vice President, Patient Services, RWJ Rahway; Rahway Mayor James Kennedy; Ronald Kowalczyk, RWJ Rahway Board of Governors; Joanne Kreisberg, Foundation Trustee; Brian Leddy, Board of Governors Chairman; Foundation Chairman, Marlene H. Lubinger, Don Schramke, District Manager, Sodexo; Lou Sgrizzi, Senior Vice President, Sodexo; Kathryn Tarantino, RWJ Rahway Vice President Administration; Russ Taylor, CEO & President, RSI Bank; Kirk C. Tice, RWJ Rahway President & CEO and Dr. Bernardo Toro-Echague.

Northfield Bank was inducted into the Order of the Rose and RWJ Rahway’s medical/dental staff was inducted into the Guardians of the Rose at RWJ Rahway Foundation’s Annual Rose Ball. Pictured left to right are:  Joe Gibiliso, foundation chairman and manager, Lehrer-Gibilisco Funeral Home; Marlene H. Lubinger, foundation president; John Alexander, chairman & CEO, Northfield Bank; Dr. Vinod Sinha, president of the medical/dental staff; Brian Leddy, chairman, RWJ Rahway Board of Governors; Christine Kline, Rose Ball chairman; and Kirk Tice, president & CEO, RWJ Rahway.

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