NEWARK—The cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore knows how to have a good time in the spotlight, but this time it is what they are doing outside of the spotlight that is turning heads in the state of New Jersey.
Mike Sorrentino, Deena Cortese, and Ronnie Magro of the famed television show have agreed to donate autographed memorabilia in order to help support the Building Blocks of Hope and Healing campaign that is being sponsored by Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation.
The proceeds raised from this initiative will be going to the renovation of an entire floor at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey to create a home away from home for families who want to be closer to their child during their hospital stay.
“A lot of times, families will sleep in chairs at their child’s bedside because they either don’t want to leave their child or they can’t afford to drive back and forth from their homes to the hospital,” stated Jean Folsom, Associate Director of Development at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation. “The members of the Jersey Shore cast have graciously donated these items for us to auction off to help provide these families with a temporary place to call home while their loved ones recover from sickness or injury.”
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey’s goal is to raise $1 million to fund the renovation of the Family Floor. To contribute to the Building Blocks of Hope and Healing campaign, individuals can make a donation on the online auction, which is available to the public on eBay and can be accessed via links from the Beth Foundation’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/thebethfoundation) and Twitter (@childrenshospnj). One hundred percent of the proceeds will go towards the campaign.
“We are very appreciative of the Jersey Shore cast members for their donations,” stated Holly Gauthier, Vice President of Development at the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation. “Thanks to their generous contributions, we will be able to add to the growing total of funds raised for this great cause.”
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