Glittering Night of Giving
A breath-taking venue, a gourmet menu, and tributes to extraordinary philanthropists crated a glittering evening for more than 500 guests as "The Gift of Health" was celebrated at the Trinitas Health Foundation's annual gala in May. The generosity of those who supported the event helped the Foundation raise nearly $500,000 to advance the efforts of Trinitas Regional Medical Center.
Held at The Venetian in Garfield, the event recognized Verizon and OneGift Inc., with NJ Burkett of Channel 7 WABC-News, an Elizabeth native and long-time friend of Trinitas, serving as Master of Ceremonies. The Nerds also performed retro hits that brought guests to the dance floor.
Dennis Bone, President of Verizon, received the 2011 Philanthropy Award. In the past six years, Verizon has generously supported the medical residency program, the Pediatric Center on Jefferson Street, the Medical Mentoring program for high school students, and funding for the Center for Regional Education (CORE) under construction in Elizabeth. Leigh Porges and Anne DeLaney, founders of OneGift, Inc., received the 2011 Humanitarian Award. OneGift, established to honor the memories of the founders' mothers, fulfills the wishes of adult cancer patients at the Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center.