31st Annual Umbrella Gala Raises Over $375,000

November 12, 2018

Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation celebrated the 31st Annual Umbrella Gala on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, NJ with Master of Ceremonies Katie Neal, Midday Host at NASH-FM 94.7.  Raising over $375,000, the proceeds from this year’s Umbrella Gala benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Center for Discovery, Innovation and Development (CDID), whose mission is to develop, innovate, and discover solutions for the advancement of children with special healthcare needs and their families.

Amy B. Mansue, President, Southern Region for RWJBarnabas Health, was the Distinguished Individual Honoree of the gala. Former President of Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mansue was instrumental in the development of PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick.  A champion for children with special healthcare needs, Mansue has dedicated her career to navigating the changing landscape of healthcare and advancing the concept of family-centered care.

“I have worked with Amy for many years and seen first-hand the deep dedication she has to improving the lives of our patients,” said Philip Salerno, III Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation President and Chief Development Officer. “The work she has done on behalf of Children’s Specialized Hospital is inspirational and extraordinary. I am thrilled to honor her at the gala this year.”

The evening also paid tribute to Corporate Leadership Honoree, Autoland, represented by President and Owner, Mark Montenero, who made a tremendous donation of $100,000 on behalf of Autoland to Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation at the event. The Foundation’s partnership with Autoland has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars raised to benefit children with special healthcare needs, as well as enabling a corporate sponsorship with Toyota to support the innovative Go Baby Go program at the hospital. Montenero also volunteers his time, serving on the Board of Trustees for Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation.

“We are so grateful for the incredible support our foundation receives from Autoland and Mark Montenero,” said John Crisan, Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation Board Chair. “Our collaboration has led to new innovative programs that have a profound impact on our patients and their families.”

“We look forward to this night all year. We have an amazing Gala Committee, led by our dedicated co-chairs Paul and Barb Krieger, working to make it a night to remember celebrating our honorees and Innovation – inventing a better future for our children,” said Beth Anne Dobosh, Director of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships at Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation.

Children’s Specialized Hospital, a nonprofit organization, is leading the way into a brighter future for children and adolescents 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.

Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation supports the programs and services of the hospital and all donations go directly to helping us pioneer new specialized care and serve more children in need. To help, or for more information: visit www.childrens-specialized.org; find us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/childrensspecialized, or follow us on Twitter @ChildrensSpecNJ.

Corporate Leadership Honoree, Autoland, represented by President and Owner, Mark Montenero, made a tremendous donation of $100,000 to Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation at the organization’s 31st Annual Umbrella Gala. The evening raised over $375,000 to benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Center for Discovery, Innovation and Development (CDID), whose mission is to develop, innovate, and discover solutions for the advancement of children with special healthcare needs and their families. Pictured left to right: Philip Salerno III, President and Chief Development Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation; Master of Ceremonies, Katie Neal, Midday Host at NASH-FM 94.7; Mark Montenero, President and Owner of Autoland and Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation Board Trustee; Warren E. Moore, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital

Amy B. Mansue, President, Southern Region for RWJBarnabas Health, pictured here with Children’s Specialized Hospital patient Ariana McGuire at Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundations’s 31st Annual Umbrella Gala, was this year’s Distinguished Individual Honoree. Former President of Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mansue was instrumental in the development of PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. The gala raised over $375,000 to benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Center for Discovery, Innovation and Development (CDID), whose mission is to develop, innovate, and discover solutions for the advancement of children with special healthcare needs and their families.

PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital patient, Alexis Simon (far right), shared her journey of care with an audience of more than 400 guests at Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation’s 31st Annual Umbrella Gala. Raising over $375,000, the proceeds from this year’s Umbrella Gala benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Center for Discovery, Innovation and Development (CDID), whose mission is to develop, innovate, and discover solutions for the advancement of children with special healthcare needs and their families. Pictured from left to right: Nicole Hudson, Director of Fundraising and Operations at Children’s Specialized Hospital; Katrice Simon, Alexis Simon’s mother; Michelle Hall Duncan, President and Chief Executive Officer of enCourage Kids Foundation and Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation Trustee; Alexis Simon.

Paul Krieger, New Jersey Managing Partner at Deloitte and Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation Board Trustee, and his wife Barb Krieger co-chaired the planning committee for Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation’s 31st Umbrella Gala held at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, NJ. Celebrating the numerous innovations that are driving the care for the over 34,000 children and families, the event raised over $375,000 to benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital’s Center for Discovery, Innovation and Development (CDID), whose mission is to develop, innovate, and discover solutions for the advancement of children with special healthcare needs and their families.