Trinitas Gala Will Honor Verizon & Founders Of Onegift Inc.

ELIZABETH — Dennis Bone, President of Verizon, will be honored with the 2011 Philanthropy Award and Anne DeLaney and Leigh Porges, founders of OneGift Inc., will receive the 2011 Humanitarian Award at the 2011 Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s gala fundraiser, “The Gift of Health.” The event will be held at The Venetian in Garfield and is expected to draw more than 600 guests.

NJ Burkett, New York WABC-News national and international broadcast journalist, an Elizabeth native and long-time Trinitas friend and supporter, will again serve as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.  The evening’s entertainment will feature the well-known performing group, The Nerds.


Co-chairs of the 2011 Gala are: Joseph Cantalupo, Foundation Trustee; Catherine J. Flynn, Esq., Foundation Trustee; Mary Patricia Keefe, Esq., Foundation Trustee, and Kamran Khazaei, MD, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

“The Gala is the first major event of our fundraising schedule each year and over the years it has become a much-anticipated event,” explains Nadine Brechner, chief development officer and executive director of the Trinitas Health Foundation.

“This year, the Trinitas Health Foundation is especially proud to honor Verizon which has been a dedicated partner and supporter of Trinitas Regional Medical Center.  We are also thrilled to honor OneGift Inc.  Since 2009, many cancer patients who are treated at Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center have benefited from the generosity of Anne DeLaney and Leigh Porges of OneGift. The experiences OneGift has provided our patients are life-extending,” adds Brechner.

A silent auction, raffles, dining and dancing will be part of the annual event.  Information about reservations and sponsorships is available through Nadine Brechner, and Laura Ciraco, Director of Fund Raising Events, at 1-908-994 – 8249.

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