Children’s Specialized Hospital Friends Raised $23,500 with “Literary Luncheon”

May 01, 2015

Mountainside, NJ: The Children’s Specialized Hospital Friends, formerly known as the Auxiliary, hosted a “Literary Luncheon” on Thursday, April 30 at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit. The event raised $23,500 and close to 150 attendees came out to enjoy lunch, a silent auction with 19 items.  Guests enjoyed readings from well-known authors including: Marta McDowell, “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life”; TJ O’Connor, “Dying to Know”; Jerry Parr with Carolyn Parr,  “In the Secret Service” and Jennifer Smith, “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.”

The committee was comprised of Gail Sloan, Event Chair, along with Joan Murray, Marilyn Zocca, Joan Blake, Carolyn Cordeiro, Roberta Smith, Fran Lemberg, Dorothy Teller, Susan Grates, and Dierdre Beirne. All proceeds from the event supported Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Friday Night Fever program. The program is a monthly social and recreational program for teens with disabilities which provides opportunities for teens to make friends, socialize, participate in activities, and access a variety of community facilities. Friday Night Fever is based at both Toms River and Mountainside locations and participants must be between the ages of 13 and 21 years old. 

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and children can achieve more of their goals. 

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