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Virtua Gala raises money for Patient Care Fund

Virtua Gala 2012

Pictured at the 2012 Virtua Gala (left to right): Honorary co-chairs Anthony and Karen Chigounis, Ron Weiss, Mary Lee Miller, Virtua President and CEO Richard Miller, Honorary co-chairs Ginny and Dr. Albert Ferrari, and Vice President of Virtua Foundation Rose McManus Coleman.

Not shown: Honorary Co-Chairs Dennis and Linda Flanagan.

More than 900 guests celebrated the power of giving at the 2012 Virtua Gala held at the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, March 3, raising more than a half million dollars for Virtua Foundation’s Patient Care Fund. They danced the night away to rock n’ roll legend Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo before local band Don’t Call Me Francis took the stage.

Honorary co-chairs of the event included Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Karen Chigounis, Dr. Albert Ferrari and Mrs. Ginny Ferrari, and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Linda Flanagan. For the fourth consecutive year, Corporate Synergies Group/Ron Weiss served as Presenting Sponsor of the Gala.

“Their level of commitment to Virtua’s values and mission is extraordinary,” said Richard P. Miller, Virtua president and CEO. “We are also grateful for the many sponsors who helped make tonight such a spectacular evening for The Patient Care Fund.”

The Patient Care Fund, the beneficiary for the second year in a row, was established by Virtua Foundation to help patients who are in need of more than acute care. It gives doctors and nurses the power to ensure those individuals can continue to get healthy at home by providing services that go beyond bedside care.

Throughout the night, guests were encouraged to bid on exciting silent auction items and to participate in an online auction that remains open until March 8, 2012, at 8 pm. The evening also resulted in the highest-selling Super 50/50 Raffle in the event’s history. The winning ticket was worth $31,000.
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