Philip Salerno, III, president and chief development officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation; Matthew Petlz, former patient and guest speaker, Children’s Specialized Hospital and Amy B. Mansue, president and chief executive officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital.
Philip Salerno, III, president and chief development officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation; Brian Wassall, assistant vice president, purchasing L’Oreal USA & L’Oreal Fore The Children committee member.
Stella Matteace-Esposito, foundation board of trustee member; Anita Siegel, foundation board of trustee member, accept an award on behalf of the Louise Washington Charitable Remainder Unitrust with Philip Salerno, III, president and chief development officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation.
Over 270 guests danced the night away to America’s number one show band, The Infernos – featuring Kenny Simmons, one of the original members of the Commodores. Major sponsors include L’Oréal USA Operations, C.R. Bard and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Guests enjoyed a silent auction and a prize raffle including dream vacation to Hawaii valued at $25,000; donated by John and Karen Hess.
Karen Hess; gala committee chair, says this year’s team focus at the Umbrella Gala is a perfect metaphor for the hospital.
“Children’s Specialized Hospital works like a well-run team. I’m proud to be associated with such a winning organization that tirelessly works to support patients in need of care. The committee has generously donated their time to make this gala a huge win for the kids,” said Karen.
Gala chairperson Karen Hess was joined by committee members: Alan Blake, John Boyle, John DeFord, Tom M. Kay, Morris Lenzcicki, Stella Matteace-Esposito; Jeffery Rosen, Neil Rottenberg, Barbara Rothman, Anita J. Siegel, Esq. Dan Spicehandler and Debbie Spicehandler. Ex-officio Philip Salerno, III and Nick Boccella.
Children’s Specialized Hospital is the preeminent provider of rehabilitation services for children with special needs. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. Children’s Specialized Hospital has twelve sites in New Jersey and treats 20,000 children each year, making it the largest pediatric rehabilitation system of its kind in the nation. Services include outpatient services, acute rehabilitation, and long-term care through its sites in Bayonne, Clifton, Egg Harbor Township, Mountainside, Toms River, Fanwood, Hamilton, New Brunswick, Newark and Roselle Park as well as outreach programs in many communities. Children’s Specialized Hospital is a proud member of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and was named the 2012 Hospital of the Year by NJBIZ. Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation supports the programs and services of the hospital. The Foundation is ranked among the top six pediatric hospital foundations in the country. To help, or find more information: visit www.childrens-specialized.org; find us on www.facebook.com/childrensspecialized, or follow us on Twitter @ChildrensSpecNJ.