Annual Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations Gala To Be Held November 22, 2008

Contact:Elizabeth Dobis

Annual Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations Gala To Be Held November 22, 2008

Signature event benefits region's leading not-for-profit hospital and health care provider

The Eleventh Annual Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations Gala will be held on November 22 at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch. The region's premier fundraising event benefits Meridian's not-for-profit hospitals and community health programs in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The 2008 Gala's theme: "Tango - A Night of Intrigue in Buenos Aries," promises to rival an exciting evening in South America, featuring dancing, live performances, and luxurious live and silent auctions. Additionally, a limited number of 50/50 "super raffle" tickets are on sale with half of the proceeds benefiting the Meridian Health Foundations. This year's Gala is co-chaired by Maureen and John Lloyd of Oceanport and Anita and Joseph Roselle of Manasquan.

Tickets for the Gala are $375 per person and are selling quickly, with journal and sponsorship opportunities still available. Please call the Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations at 732-751-5112 for more information, or to secure a sponsorship opportunity.

Meridian Health is a family of not-for-profit health care organizations comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and occupational health centers located throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Meridian is the area's leading health care provider, offers the region's only trauma center and heart surgery program, the region's first children's hospital, and last year provided over $27 million in uncompensated charity health care, and over $88 million in community benefit initiatives for Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Last year, over 650 attended the Meridian Gala, raising over $700,000 for the not-for-profit health care provider. For more information, please visit