Audrey Hepburn Children’s House Receives Inspiring Gift from

June 15, 2015 03:05 PM
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The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, a division of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital receives a donation from the Scott Hazelcorn Children’s Foundation to refurbish the activity room.
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                The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, a division of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC has received an inspiring donation from the Scott Hazelcorn Children’s Foundation to refurbish the activity room, which is used by staff for both assessing children for abuse and as a therapeutic space.

                “The activity room is an integral part of the work we do at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House,” said Julia DeBellis, M.D., medical director, Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC. “The room allows children to feel safe and free to express themselves.  We also use the room to conduct therapy sessions, to help children understand that the experience they’ve gone through is something that does not define them.”               

                Not only was the room completely repainted and re-carpeted, but a custom made art table and shelves were added along with numerous containers for storage of supplies. The space was also outfitted with new furniture, accessories and décor.  In addition, new games, books, dolls, dress-up clothes and toys for children to play with were added. Michelle A. Mroz, social work supervisor at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, led the refurbishment project. Michele and her colleagues helped create the theme and some of the artwork throughout the space.  The team utilizes games and artwork to allow children to express themselves and create projects relative to their abuse experiences.

                The Scott Hazelcorn Children’s Foundation was formed in response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  The Hazelcorn’s oldest son, Scott, worked at Cantor Fitzgerald, and was lost in the terrorist attacks. The Foundation’s mission is to sponsor projects that benefit children in need. The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, a state-designated Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, has more than 7,000 patient visits annually.

                “We support projects that make a difference in the lives of children,” said Janice Hazelcorn, executive director, Scott Hazelcorn Children’s Foundation. “Projects like this one at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House help keep Scott’s memory alive. We are very proud to be a part of the transformation of this room.”

                According to his family, Scott always had a special love for children, and talked about ultimately living a life where he could help to both educate and bring joy into their lives. Whether it was his dream of one day owning and operating an ice-cream truck, so he could hear the squeals of children's laughter, or running a summer camp where he could help to bring together children of all socio-economic backgrounds, Scott wanted to devote his life to helping children. He was actually in the process of preparing to enter the field of teaching when he was lost. Keeping this in mind, both family and friends joined together immediately following September 11th to form the foundation that now bears Scott's name.

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From left to right:  (Back row) Kimberly N. Caesar, director of Development, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC; Chuck Hazelcorn, president, Scott Hazelcorn Children’s Foundation; Eric Hazelcorn, Scott’s brother; Julia DeBellis, M.D., medical director, Audrey Hepburn Children’s House; and Robert B. Budelman, III, executive director,  Individual Giving, HackensackUMC Foundation.

(Front row) Janice Hazelcorn, executive director, Scott Hazelcorn Children’s Foundation; Anthony D’Urso, Ph.D., section chief, supervisor of Psychology, Audrey Hepburn Children's House; and Colleen Kearny; administrative director, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.

 

 

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