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News Room: Press Releases

Virtua Gala raises more than a half-million dollars for patient care fund

Pictured at the Virtua Gala 2011 benefiting The Patient Care Fund are (left to right): Virtua Board Chairman Anthony Chigounis, Honorary co-chairs Donovan and Raquel McNabb, Virtua Foundation Vice President Rose McManus Coleman, Ron Weiss senior vice president of Corporate Synergies Group (presenting sponsor); Dr. Al Ferrari, Virtua Foundation chairman and Virtua CEO Richard P. Miller.

More than 900 guests danced the night away to the hits of Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald at the 2011 Virtua Gala held at The Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City. This year’s event raised more than $500,000 to benefit The Patient Care Fund at Virtua.

NFL Pro Bowl Quarterback Donovan McNabb and his wife Raquel served as honorary co-chairs of the Virtua fundraiser for the second consecutive year. Ron Weiss, senior vice president of Corporate Synergies Group served as presenting sponsor of Virtua’s gala events for the ninth year in a row.

“I am extremely thankful for the many sponsors who made this a spectacular evening in support of Virtua’s Patient Care Fund,” said Richard P. Miller, Virtua CEO. “I am especially grateful to Ron Weiss and Corporate Synergies Group for serving as a pillar of support for this highly-anticipated event each year.”

The Patient Care Fund was established to help Virtua go above and beyond to preserve dignity of patients when they need it the most. Whether it funds diapers and formula for a new single mother, transportation for a patient who needs help getting to cancer treatments or medication for a senior citizen on a fixed income, The Patient Care Fund helps manage the gap between health care and home.

Throughout the night, guests were encouraged to bid on silent auction items such as a full drum set, a pink bicycle and a behind-the-scenes experience at NFL Films. The silent auction raised more than $13,000 during the night. This was also one of the highest-selling Super 50/50 raffles ever for the event. The winning ticket was worth $20,500.
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, nine ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Virtua employs more than 8,700 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit or