Press Release

For Immediate Release
Sep 24, 2015
Contact : Marisa Tranchina, Public Relations Specialist  

'Build a Better Future' at Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations’ Annual Gala on November 21

Honoring Mrs. Kevork S. Hovnanian (Emily) for her family’s continued leadership in this community 

Neptune, NJ - The Eighteenth Annual Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations’ Gala, Building a Better Future, will be held on Saturday, November 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch. This signature fundraising event benefits Meridian's not-for-profit hospitals and community health programs in both Monmouth and Ocean counties.

This year’s Gala will honor 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.

“I can speak on behalf of the entire Hovnanian family when I say we are humbled to have Emily as our mom. She and our father, Kevork, taught us the value of community and generosity early on and what it means to share for the betterment of others,” says Lucy Kalian, daughter of Emily and Kevork and co-chair of the event. “We couldn’t be more excited to chair this event, honor our amazing mother, and help raise critical funds for Meridian Health.”

Additional co-chairs include the Hovnanian’s children and spouses, James and Esto Barry, Ara and Rachel Hovnanian, Mazin Kalian, Dr. Tavit and Sossie Najarian, and Dr. Roberto and Nadia Rodriguez.
The event will feature a cocktail reception, seated dinner, dessert display and lively music presented by “The Rhythm Shop”. Guests can also enjoy an exciting silent auction and 50/50 cash raffle during the event.

“Emily Hovnanian has been a long-time friend of ours,” shares John K. Lloyd, FACHE, President and CEO of Meridian Health. “The tenth anniversary of K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is such a special, monumental occasion and we welcome the opportunity to honor the Hovnanian family and show them just how truly grateful we are for their continued support.”

The Gala is sponsored by generous donors, including OceanFirst Bank, Cocktail Reception Sponsor, and C.R. Bard, Decoration Sponsor. For ticket reservations and journal and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations at 732-751-5112 or To register securely online, visit Early registration is encouraged, as this event is expected to sell out.

About Meridian Health

A leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. In April, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a definitive agreement to merge. In May, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network also signed a definitive agreement to merge.  Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for six consecutive years, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium alongside six of the nation’s leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.  With more than 100 convenient locations, over 1,800 beds, nearly 13,000 team members, and affiliations with more than 2,000 of the area’s finest physicians, Meridian Health is a leading health care provider in New Jersey, providing quality health services, facilities, and programs.  For more information, please visit