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Recent Events


18th Annual Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations’ Gala

The Eighteenth Annual Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations’ Gala, Building a Better Future, took place on Saturday, November 21 at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch. This signature fundraising event raised over $720,000, a record in the event’s 18-year history, which will benefit Meridian's not-for-profit hospitals and community health programs in both Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The Gala honored Mrs. Emily Hovnanian while celebrating the tenth anniversary of the transformational gift Emily and her late husband Kevork made to Meridian to name K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. The Hovnanians’ historic gift continues to have a profound impact on our community, ensuring access to advanced pediatric clinical care services for our youngest patients.

2015 Meridian Health Gala – In Honor of Emily Hovnanian

View photos from the 18th Annual Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations Gala

7th WineSpirits Logo

Bayshore Community Hospital Foundation hosted the 7th Annual Wine & Spirits Tasting fundraising event on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Addison Park in Aberdeen. This record-breaking event hosted by Fern and Peter Esposito featured more than 300 guests and raised nearly $70,000 in support of Bayshore’s growing cardiovascular program. It was truly a special evening highlighted by guest speaker, Nila Luccarelli of Dearborn Market in Holmdel. Nila shared an extraordinary personal story about her recent sudden and unexpected cardiac event which resulted in a frantic rush to the hospital and life-saving treatment.

This year’s event, co-chaired once again by Fern and Peter Esposito, who have so generously dedicated their time to the event’s success since its inception, featured premium wines from around the globe, as well as international beers and spirits, an extensive array of hors d’oeuvres and a very special silent auction.