Rose Ball Nets Nearly $115,000 For Hospital Foundation

RAHWAY – The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway Foundation’s annual Rose Ball fundraising event was a success.

“The stars came out at our Rose Ball Goes Hollywood and netted almost $115,000 for RWJ Rahway,” said Christine Kline, Rose Ball Chairman and RWJ Rahway Foundation Trustee, adding that the event recognized the outstanding commitment and dedication of Elizabethtown Gas Company and hospital Board of Governors member and former Chairman, Ron Kowalczyk.


Accepting the Order of the Rose, Don Carter, Vice President Operations, Elizabethtown Gas, thanked the hospital for this prestigious honor, and expressed the company’s continued commitment to the healthcare needs of the community.

Ron Kowalczyk was truly honored to be the recipient of the Guardians of the Rose. He thanked the Foundation for their hard work and dedication in their fund raising efforts on behalf of RWJ Rahway. He also acknowledged the dedication and commitmentof his colleagues on the Hospital Board of Governors and hospital administration for their tremendous efforts to ensure the hospital’s mission of high quality health care to its patients and the community.  Kowalczyk has served on the hospital Board since 1985.

The Foundation thanked the many special sponsors who supported the event, including the three Rose Sponsors, Elizabethtown Gas Company, Merck & Co., Inc. and RSI Bank. Other special sponsors included Northfield Bank, Emergency Medical Associates of NJ; QualCare, Inc.; K & L Gates, Sodexo, New York Radiology Alliance; ConocoPhillips – Bayway Refinery, Rahway Pathology, P.A. and Rahway Regional Cancer Center.

The annual Rose Ball Super 50/50 Raffle reached $17,400 and the lucky first prize winner received $4,350. “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.

Guests entered on the red carpet at the Hotel Westminster in Livingston, which set the stage for them to enjoy a wonderful cocktail reception complete with “Marilyn Monroe” and “James Dean,” followed by dinner. Dancing to the music of Steppin’ Out 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 and RWJ Rahway Foundation Chairperson; Hospital Governor, Dr. Michael Chen and Foundation Vice-Chairman, Michele Chen; Dave DePierro, Food and Environmental Services General Manager, Board of Governors Vice Chairman, Allen Geyer and Foundation Trustee, Roberta Geyer; Dr. Michael Gistrak, Rahway Pathology; Lynn Kearney, Vice President, Patient Services, RWJ Rahway; Joanne Kreisberg, Foundation Trustee; Dr. Gary Kronfeld, New York Radiology Alliance; Brian Leddy, Board of Governors Chairman; Foundation President, Marlene H. Lubinger, Dr. Scott Merlin, Rahway Pathology; Don Schramke, District Manager, Sodexo; Lou Sgrizzi, Senior Vice President, Sodexo; Kathryn Tarantino, RWJ Rahway Vice President Administration; Kirk C. Tice, RWJ Rahway President & CEO and Dr. Michelle Ye, Rahway Pathology.

For more information concerning RWJ Rahway Foundation’s annual fund raising events, to leave a legacy of good health to the community, or to make a donation, call the Foundation Office, 1-732-499-6135 or e-mail at

Elizabethtown Gas Company was inducted into the Order of the Rose and
Hospital Board of Governors member and former Chairman, Ron Kowalczyk was inducted into the Guardians of the Rose at RWJ Rahway Foundation’s Rose Ball Goes Hollywood.

Pictured left to right are: Brian Leddy, Chairman, RWJ Rahway Board of Governors; Marlene H. Lubinger, Foundation President; Ron Kowalczyk; Don Carter, Vice President of Operations, Elizabethtown Gas Company; Foundation Chairperson, Bunny Bowen and Christine Kline, Rose Ball Chairman.

Rose Ball Committee members celebrate the Rose Ball Goes Hollywood at the Hotel Westminster in Livingston on April 16. From left to right: Marie Galvin, Foundation Events Manager; Lillian Heide, Michele Chen, RWJ Rahway Foundation Vice-Chairman; Joan Katen; Bonnie Josephs, RWJ Rahway Foundation Secretary; Christine Kline, Committee Chairman; Marguerite Bejgrowicz; Roberta Geyer; Bunny Bowen, Foundation Chairperson; Maria Weinstein, Manager, Northfield Bank, Rahway; Marlene Lubinger, Foundation President and Janice Checorski, Foundation Administrative Assistant.

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