Region's Leading Not-For-Profit Health Care Provider Hosts Successful Gala Fund Raiser

Contact:Elizabeth Dobis

Region's Leading Not-For-Profit Health Care Provider Hosts Successful Gala Fund Raiser

2008 event co-chaired by John and Maureen Lloyd and Joseph and Anita Roselle raised over $500,000 benefiting Meridian Health's not-for-profit hospitals and programs

Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations' 11th annual Gala, Tango: A Night of Intrigue in Buenos Aires was held on November 22 at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch. The unforgettable evening was a major success, raising over $500,000 with over 600 supporters in attendance.

The event benefits Meridian's not-for-profit hospitals and services, which include 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 located throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. The support for the Gala was especially appreciated this year, as not-for-profit health care providers like Meridian work to advance their missions despite the incredibly challenging economic environment.

The evening was co-chaired by John and Maureen Lloyd of Oceanport and Anita and Joseph Roselle of Manasquan. "The Gala's success is always the result of efforts and talents of the many volunteers serving on the Gala committee, which this year included: Kathy Weiland, silent auction chair; Mollie Giamanco and Gina Petillo, journal co-chairs; and Eric Kirsch, Vincent Puma, Debra Raben, and Carol Stillwell, raffle co-chairs," notes John Lloyd, President and CEO of Meridian Health. "In addition, thanks to the strong support by such sponsors as CR Bard, Siemens, Alert Ambulance, Stillwell-Hansen, Peter Cancro, Commerce Bank/TD Bank, Unit-Tel Technologies, United Surgical Partners, and QualCare, Meridian remains one of New Jersey's leading health care providers, and is positioned well for the future."

For more information on the Meridian Gala or supporting Meridian Health, please call the Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations at 732-751-5100.

Meridian is the area's leading not-for-profit 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.