RAHWAY — “The gala was the bee’s knees,” said Christine Kline, Rose Ball Gets Jazzed Chairman, “and the event netted over $100,000 for RWJ Rahway.” The event recognized the long-time dedication, commitment and philanthropic support to RWJ Rahway by Larry Naldi, Hospital Board of Governors member and Senior Vice President Strategy & Integration, Merck & Co., Inc.
Larry Naldi was 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, and stressed the importance of the hospital to its patients and the community.
The foundation thanked the many special sponsors who supported the event, including Rose Sponsors, Merck & Co., Inc. and RSI Bank. Other special sponsors included Rahway Pathology, P.A. and Rahway Regional Cancer Center, QualCare, Inc., K & L Gates, Sodexo, New York Radiology Alliance, Kindred Healthcare, Skanska, ConocoPhillips – Bayway Refinery.
The annual Rose Ball Super 50/50 Raffle reached over $15,000 and the first prize winner received over $3,800. “The Rose Ball Committee would especially like to thank our hospital family, Board members, Medical/Dental staff members, and community residents who supported our gala,” said Marlene H. Lubinger, RWJ Rahway Foundation President.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, and dinner and dancing at The Wilshire Grand in West Orange. Many guests dressed as “Flappers” and danced “The Charleston” to the music of Steppin’ Out.
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 Board member, Dr. Michael Chen and Foundation Vice-Chairman, Michele Chen; Dave DePierro, Food and Environmental Services General Manager, Lynn Kearney, Vice President, Patient Services, RWJ Rahway; Dave Kern, Administrator, Rahway Regional Cancer Center; 2011 Guardian of the Rose recipient and Hospital Governor, Ron Kowalczyk and his wife, Virginia; Kevin Kramer, Esq., Vice President Legal Affairs, RWJ Rahway; Joanne Kreisberg, Foundation Trustee; Dr. Gary Kronfeld, New York Radiology Alliance; Brian Leddy, Hospital Board of Governors Chairman; Foundation President, Marlene H. Lubinger, 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; Hospital Board of Governors Member, Stephen Timoni, Esq.; Medical/Dental Staff President, Dr. Radha Vinnakota, and Michael Widmer, Foundation Trustee and Executive Vice President, Northfield Bank.
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