14th Annual HackensackUMC Foundation Charity Run and Motorcycle Raffle Sets Fundraising Milestone

September 22, 2014 09:45 AM
HackensackUMC Foundation held the 14th Annual Charity Run and Motorcycle Raffle to benefit the Emergency & Trauma Center at HackensackUMC.

Under perfect, sunny skies, hundreds of bikers lined up at the IZOD Center to take part in the annual Charity Run and Motorcycle Raffle.  This year’s event set a fundraising record of more than $542,000, the highest grossing event in its 14 year history. This year’s event brought the overall total raised over 14 years, to more than $5,000,000.

“I congratulate the HackensackUMC Foundation and our good friend, Joe Sanzari for hosting another successful event,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “The Charity Run and Motorcycle Raffle gives HackensackUMC friends and supporters a chance to come together to not only enjoy a beautiful day, but also to make a meaningful difference.  The Charity Run has become one of the ‘must-do’ events of the summer and I am so proud of our team who works hard to pull it all together.”

Escorted by police from various towns, the bikers rode from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford to the “Party Under the Bridge” at Ross’ Dock in Fort Lee, which included family-friendly games and plenty of food and entertainment. Live music throughout the day was provided by the Earthgrinders, DJ Willie Wilson and DJ Bill Reeves. Skies were blue and spirits were high as HackensackUMC’s AirMed One helicopter did a flyover at the event. 

The beneficiary of this year’s proceeds is the HackensackUMC Emergency & Trauma Center renovation project.  HackensackUMC’s ETC, Bergen County’s only state designated trauma center, is expanding to offer specialized pods and individualized treatment suites, providing care that is patient and family focused.

“This event brings members of the community together to support a great cause,” said Joseph M. Sanzari, HackensackUMC Board of Governors, who started the annual charity run and motorcycle raffle.   “People from all walks of life - from bikers to doctors to those in law enforcement - look forward to this event, which gets bigger and better every year.”

New this year was the VIP tent for “Breakfast with Joe” at the IZOD Center, where bikers and friends received a full breakfast menu and a chance to say thank you to Joe in person. At Ross’ Dock, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Operations Officer Ketul J. Patel pulled the winning ticket for the 2014 Harley-Davidson FLHX Street Glide motorcycle donated by Joseph Sanzari, valued at $22,444. The winner, a River Edge resident, bought his ticket online the day before the event. 

Photo: HackensackUMC Foundation held the 14th Annual Charity Run and Motorcycle Raffle to benefit the Emergency & Trauma Center at HackensackUMC.  From left to right:Mark D. Sparta, vice president, senior operations officer, HackensackUMC; Helen A. Cunning, executive director, Development, HackensackUMC Foundation;  Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman, Emergency Services, HackensackUMC; Joseph Simunovich; chairman, Hackensack University Health Network Board of Trustees; Ro Sorce, secretary, HackensackUMC Board of Governors; Joseph M. Sanzari, HackensackUMC Board of Governors; Jon M. Fitzgerald, vice president, chief development officer, HackensackUMC Foundation; and Peter O. Hanson; Hackensack University Health Network Board of Trustees.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   




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