Annual Harbor Lights Ball Yields $250,000 to Benefit Multi-Million Dollar Center for Women

PERTH AMBOY–More than 320 guests traveled the globe at Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation’s largest fundraiser the 26th Annual Harbor Lights Ball: Around the World in September, benefiting the establishment of the new Center for Women at Raritan Bay Medical Center, (RBMC) Perth Amboy.

The event grossed just over $250,000 to support a rapid diagnosis breast service along with the latest advancements spanning magnetic resonance breast imaging (MRI) and MRI breast biopsy, digital mammography, stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound and bone densitometry, patient education and counseling.


The new Center for Women is an integral part of the medical center’s comprehensive growth and renewal plan, Vision 2011, to enhance infrastructure, amenities and service lines. Earlier this year, the Foundation raised $180,000 from its Sports Classic Golf Outing to further underpin this initiative.

The Harbor Lights Ball honored four civic-minded individuals for their commitment to Raritan Bay Medical Center including Humanitarian Award recipients Jeff and Rona Shein of Long Branch, NJ, Jeff is president of the Marion and Norman Tanzman Charitable Foundation; Executive of the Year Award recipient Domenick Cama of Chatham, NJ, chief operating officer of Investors Savings Bank; Excellence in Healthcare Award recipient, the late Mankarios Samuel Behman, MD; and Norman Tanzman Award recipient, Marcella Massopoust, Perth Amboy High School art teacher and long-time community advocate.

The ball celebrated the worldly delights of China, India, Italy, and Spain, transporting guests to far reaching corners featuring Bollywood-inspired dancing, a diverse palate of cuisines accompanied by an assortment of French-inspired desserts and a grand silent auction. The event was held at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel. Among the attendees were physicians, corporate executives and political dignitaries representing the 19th Legislative district.  Bob Durso, Woodbridge, NJ, resident and real estate agent for JJ Elek Realty, served as emcee and has led the Foundation’s event planning committee as chairman for the past four years.

While addressing the crowd, Durso remarked, “We, as supporters, know the importance of providing a framework for growth and innovation in today’s healthcare industry. Our support will provide resources toward the next wave of quality services, establishing Raritan Bay Medical Center as the ‘go-to resource’ for women’s health and well-being.”

In addition to the new Center for Women, the Foundation has supported medical equipment needs as part of RBMC’s respiratory services and physical therapy departments in 2010. To date, the Foundation has also garnered $70,000 through its employee giving program providing RBMC with mini-grants for small capital requests. Plans are underway for the 27th Annual Harbor Lights Ball, which is slated for September 24, 2011.  Call 1-732-324-5374 or log on to inquire about sponsorship, vendor or volunteer opportunities.

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