PERTH AMBOY – More than 350 guests, a record number for the event, visited ‘Havana’ at Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation’s largest fundraiser, the 27th Annual Harbor Lights Ball: Havana Nights in September. The event raised nearly $330,000 in revenue, with net proceeds benefiting the medical center’s Broadening Our Vision, Securing Our Future growth and renewal plan, designed to expand available patient services, and upgrade and expand medical center facilities.
During the evening four awards were given recognizing dedication and philanthropic commitment to Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) and the surrounding communities. The 2011 honorees are: Humanitarian of the Year – Russell Azzarello of Old Bridge, 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 black-tie ball, held at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel, celebrated the theme “Havana Nights” with Cuban inspired music, live entertainment, grand silent auction, lavish food and cash raffle. Among the attendees were physicians, corporate executives and political dignitaries representing the 19th Legislative District. Rose Goldberg of Martinsville, and Bob Durso, from JJ Elek Realty in Woodbridge, served as chairpersons and led the Foundation’s event planning committee. Executive Vice President, RBMC Foundation Nancy Barone, said “the overwhelming support received for this year’s event continues to reinforce that our community understands the value of premier healthcare, close to home.”
Plans are already underway for the 28th Annual Harbor Lights Ball, which is slated for Sept. 29, 2012. Call 1-732-324-5374 or log onto www.rbmcfoundation.org to inquire about sponsorship, vendor or volunteer opportunities.
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