Medical Center Foundation to Hold Benefit Gala

PERTH AMBOY — Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation’s premier fundraising gala, the Harbor Lights Ball, will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin. The 27th annual black tie event will celebrate the theme “Havana Nights” with Cuban inspired music, live entertainment, grand silent auction, lavish food and cash raffle.

Proceeds from the ball benefit the medical center’s Broadening Our Vision, Securing Our Future growth and renewal project, designed to expand available patient services, and upgrade and enhance medical center facilities. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m.; raffle tickets will be sold at $20 each and three cash prizes will be awarded. Prize amounts to be determined by number of tickets sold. The drawing will be held at the ball, 11:30 p.m., and the winner need not be present to win. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, journal ads, or to purchase tickets call 1-732-324-5374 or email


The co-chairs of this year’s event are Robert Durso and Rose Goldberg. During the evening, four awards will be given to honorees for their dedication and philanthropic commitment to Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) and the surrounding communities. The 2011 honorees are: Humanitarian of the Year – Russell Azzarello, chairman of the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation board of directors; Business of the Year – Victoria Healthcare, an Atrium Health Group Facility; Physician of the Year – Dr. Gregory Shypula, president of the RBMC medical staff; and the Norman Tanzman Award – Robert and Barbara Sottilaro of Perth Amboy.

The Foundation’s well-attended 2011 Sports Classic golf event, held at the Deal Golf & Country Club and Hollywood Golf Club this past spring, raised more than $185,000, benefiting RBMC’s Center for Women, located in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy and providing healthcare services and state-of-the-art health screenings specific to women. More than $79,000 was contributed by corporate sponsors.

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