Special Events

Special events are a fun way to support Meridian Health and your community. For more details, contact Michelle Casserly, Special Events Officer, at 732-751-5112 or by e-mail at mcasserly@meridianhealth.com.

18th Annual Meridian Health Gala

18th Annual Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations’ Gala to be held on November 21, 2015

Please support the Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations as we celebrate the 18th Annual Meridian Health Gala, "Building a Better Future," on Saturday, November 21 from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, NJ. We will be honoring Emily Hovnanian and celebrating the 10th anniversary of the transformational gift made to Meridian by Emily and her late husband Kevork to name K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital. The event will feature formal table assignments, a cocktail reception followed by a sit down dinner, dessert display, music by The Rhythm Shop (returning from the 2014 Gala), an exciting silent auction, a 50/50 cash raffle and attire of dark suits and tie for gentleman and dresses or separates for ladies. The Meridian Gala raises valuable funds that benefit the hospitals of Meridian Health. Our focus at Meridian is on the health and wellness of those we serve. The contributions of passionate individuals like you will help ensure that our hospitals will continue to provide the best health care in New Jersey. Together, we are Building a Better Future. For more information, call 732-751-5112 or e-mail mcasserly@meridianhealth.com. Register online now at www.meridianhealth.com/gala.

Recent Events


On July 6, under the direction of event chair Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Subs, Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation hosted its thirty-second annual Sports Classic Golf Tournament at the Deal Golf and Country Club and Hollywood Golf Club in Deal, NJ.

The sold-out event raised a record-breaking $295,000 and proceeds supported cardiovascular programs and other areas of greatest need at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. In 2014, more than 800 cardiac surgeries were performed at Meridian, ranking among the highest volumes in New Jersey and New York. Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a recognized leader in the region, offering the most complete range of heart and vascular services – from prevention and diagnosis to advanced surgery, rehabilitation through recovery.

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospitals' Annual Superhero Soiree

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital hosted its Superhero Soiree event at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, NJ on Friday, April 17. Professional soccer star and spokesperson for the K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Christie Rampone presented the hospital’s Junior Ambassadors with the Hometown Hero Award. The superhero-themed fundraiser, generously sponsored by the Walter R. Earle Corporation, raised more than $140,000 in support of the children’s hospital, and attracted nearly 200 guests.

Inspired by the everyday heroes at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – including kids, families and caregivers – the celebration was a fun evening with a serious mission. Proceeds from the event will support the expanding Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) and Maternity Units. Construction will soon begin on a 13-bassinet NICU expansion, featuring nine private rooms and two twin rooms, bringing the total NICU capacity to 34 bassinets. The maternity unit will also see a nine room expansion to provide additional delivery capacity. These important expansion projects will ensure growing families in the area have access to the health care services they need, close to home.

During the event’s paddle pledge, several generous guests donated an incredible $106,200 to fund NICVIEW webcams for the expanding NICU. The NICVIEW system enables webcam monitoring of newborns from anywhere in the world. This new technology gives parents and families extended viewing access to the NICU, even if they can’t physically be at the hospital visiting their loved one(s).