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Virtua Foundation Honors Bob Platzer as Trailblazer

February 12, 2019 - February 12, 2019 – Virtua Foundation to present restauranteur with award at annual gala.

February 12, 2019

Virtua Foundation has named Bob Platzer, founder and executive chairman of PJW Restaurant Group, as its 2019 Humanitarian Award recipient for his dedication and unwavering support of the South Jersey community. 

Platzer will formally receive the award at the 2019 Virtua Gala on March 2, 2019, at the Borgata Hotel, Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, NJ. Virtua President and CEO Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, will present the award along with John J. Parker, chairman of the Virtua Foundation Board of Trustees.

“Virtua Foundation is honored to recognize Bob Platzer, whose leadership and generosity speak to his remarkable character and commitment to the community,” Pullin said. “Bob knows what it means to make a difference in the lives of others and is deeply deserving of this award.” 

Since opening their first restaurant more than 35 years ago, Platzer and his wife, Donna, have supported a range of not-for-profit groups, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities, JDRF, Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation, and the Catholic Partnership Schools. In addition to providing philanthropic support, Platzer also donates his time to service projects and working with area youth. Recently, he helped to create a new playground for St. Cecilia’s School in Pennsauken, NJ—the same school he and his siblings attended. 

“Bob is one of the most sincere, stand-up people I’ve ever known,” said Christopher Webb, director of operations for PJW Restaurant Group. “Success could be defined as profit, but for Bob, being successful is more about achieving the ability to give back to the communities we serve.”

As the lead supporter of the 2019 Virtua Gala, Platzer and the PJW Restaurant Group will help to provide critical funding for the ongoing transformation of Virtua’s Camden campus, creating greater access to health care and health education for families. 

The Virtua Gala has raised more than $10 million since 2009. All proceeds from the 2019 Gala will support Camden-based services and programs—including the recently opened Virtua Health & Wellness center—through Virtua Foundation’s Power to Heal campaign.

For more information about the 2019 Virtua Gala, please call 856-355-0830 or visit

About the Virtua Foundation Humanitarian Award

The Virtua Foundation Humanitarian Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to improve the health and wellbeing of families in the South Jersey region. Honorees are trailblazers who transform health care or other community resources through extraordinary leadership, innovation, and philanthropic support. Their compassion and generosity inspire others to participate, establishing a legacy that impacts families today and far into the future.

About Virtua Foundation

Virtua Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization committed to enhancing Virtua’s mission through philanthropy. As a not-for-profit health system, Virtua relies on the generosity of donors to support vital programs in patient care, health education, technology and innovation. Virtua Foundation works closely with community partners and generous supporters to align their philanthropic interests with Virtua’s mission to continue to transform health care for everyone in South Jersey. The Foundation works diligently to champion the importance of philanthropy and ensure that donors understand the impact of their gifts and the lives they’ve touched. For more information about the Foundation, visit

About the PJW Restaurant Group 

Headquartered in Westmont, New Jersey, the PJW Restaurant Group was founded in 1983 by Bob and Donna Platzer and includes their notable P.J. Whelihan’s pub and restaurant famous for wings, The ChopHouse a modern and upscale steak and seafood restaurant, Treno Pizza Bar a casual Italian eatery serving delicious authentic fare in a relaxed atmosphere, The Pour House, a concept paying tribute to the popularity of the craft beer movement through innumerable draft offerings and equally interesting fare and Central Taco and Tequila, a modern Mexican restaurant with traditional flavors and more than 90 varieties of tequila. For more information about the restaurant group or its dining concepts visit