Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation

The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation experienced unprecedented growth in 2016. Through the generosity of more than 11,000 donors, we generated $44 million, helping us reach new heights in clinical research, discovery, education, and, most importantly, caring for our patients. Building from last year’s success, we are well-positioned to take on the challenges 2017 brings.

Be the Answer

Be the answer. There’s a momentum behind miracles. They don’t simply happen In the medical world, miracles are the result of exceptional people. People who give of their clinical, technological and caring expertise. And people who simply give. With their generous gifts, they help us raise more than funds. We can raise possibilities. Expectations. Standards. Quality of life. Most of all, the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation donors help us raise hope – and realize it. By contributing their time, energy, resources and donations, they enable us to address the challenges, issues and questions modern medicine continually faces. Each and every donor’s commitment provides the path to a solution. A way forward. A way to ensure future discoveries, future treatments, future progress for generations of physicians and patients to come. If to heal is human. Then those who help the healers truly are super humans. Because they choose to be the answer.

Our Benefactors

Dr. Mark Schlesinger
Unrestricted | $5 Million

“I trust that my donation is used where it’s needed and hope that I can help the most people possible – doctors, patients, employees – for the greatest impact.”
“I want to show that this hospital cares so much everyone wants to be part of the movement.”

Eli Manning
Tackle Kids Cancer
$4.5 Million in support from more than 6,000 community members and groups

“If it’s helping children, then I’m on board.”
“What do you say to a 7-year old with cancer? These kids inspire me to live life to the fullest and never to complain about the things that are out of my control. They are the real role models.”

Daniel E. Straus
The Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Endowed Chair
$2.5 Million

“The two areas of philanthropy closest to my heart are health care and education. And here at Hackensack University Medical Center is a unique opportunity to help both, with the creation of a new medical school.”

Justice Marie L. Garibaldi
Unrestricted | $2.8 Million

“She loved people, and people loved her back”
“Her legacy will long be remembered with affection and admiration.”

Rosemarie and Santo Sorce
Rosemarie and Santo Sorce
The Rosemarie J. Sorce Endowed Chair in Innovation
$2.8 Million

“The greatest gift you can give is yourself.”
“Without research and invention, we just can’t meet the challenges of tomorrow’s medicine.”

National Institutes of Health
Grant Award for: Neuromuscular Specializations of the Human Soft Palate Research
$1.8 Million

The goal of the funded research is to analyze many details of human soft palate, including innervation, that are presently controversial or undescribed. Longer term, the results of this research may be useful in developing new therapies for obstructive sleep apnea.


Events and Recognition

23rd Annual Recognition Gala

With Lincoln Center as the backdrop and Sting as the headline entertainment, the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation’s 23rdAnnual Recognition Gala made extraordinary memories and set a fundraising record to support pediatric cancer research and the Regenerative Medicine Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center
Raised: $4.2 million

Endowed Chair Celebration

$2 million grant will further Dr. Pecora’s work in cancer research
The Rosemarie J. Sorce Endowed Chair in Innovation at Hackensack Meridian Health was bestowed upon Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., president of Physician Services and chief innovations officer at Hackensack Meridian Health at a celebration held at The 21 Club in New York City. The event recognized Dr. Pecora’s lifetime achievements in medicine, including cancer research and treatment, as well as the extraordinary generosity of the Sorce Family. The award, which includes a grant for more than $2 million from Mrs. Sorce, the first vice chair of the Hackensack University Medical Center Board of Governors, is also designed to further Dr. Pecora’s work in moving cancer treatment toward a cure.

19th Annual Invitational Golf Outing

More than 300 golfers hit the links at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus to benefit essential research and clinical fellowship programs at Hackensack University Medical Center.

16th Annual Charity Run and Motorcycle Raffle

Under beautiful, sunny fall skies, hundreds of bikers took part in the annual Charity Run and Motorcycle Raffle, sponsored by Joseph M. Sanzari of Joseph M. Sanzari, Inc. Proceeds benefitted the Center for Behavioral Health and Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Raised: $725,000


Eli’s Challenge

During its first year, a large number of grassroots fundraisings in support of Tackle Kids Cancer amazed TeamTKC quarterback Eli Manning. In September 2016, Eli challenged community organizations, schools, scout troops, and individuals to join him in raising money for pediatric cancer research with a challenge match of $100,000. The response was tremendous, and together Eli’s Challenge raised over $250,000.


Northern Trust

Team TKC joined elite golfers from around the world at The Barclays 2016, the first stop in the PGA’s FedEx Cup. Now named The Northern Trust, Tackle Kids Cancer has been designated the event’s Official Charity for four more years. At the tournament, patients served as honorary caddies and were featured on the Golf Channel and CBS Sports. We look forward to the 2017 Northern Trust Tournament at Glen Oaks Club in Old Westbury, NY.

Northern Trust

Madison Square Garden

In December 2016, Tackle Kids Cancer formed a partnership with Madison Square Garden and the Garden of Dreams Foundation, the New York Knicks, New York Liberty, and Radio City Music Hall. As the first non-profit to be selected to partner with the Garden of Dreams, the unique collaboration will create innovative and exciting ways to raise money for pediatric cancer research. With this partnership, our patients, families, and supporters will have access to world-class events and experiences.
Danny’s Involvement


Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls, led by team goalie Luis Robles, raised $75,000 to “block” Tackle Kids Cancer this past year. The team encouraged fans to donate based on their performance, and matched Luis’ saves with their own donations. MVP (Most Valiant Patient) Niamh was signed as an honorary Red Bull, received a contract and practiced on the field with the team. On September 24, Tackle Kids Cancer was recognized during Title Night, with patients escorting each player on the field, members of TeamTKC holding a banner on the field, and one of our physicians conducting the coin toss.

Red Bulls

“Hope comes from the whole team.” – Danny McCabe

For the McCabe family, the snowstorm of January 2016 certainly was one for the memory books. Shortly afterward, 12-year-old Danny started complaining about a sore shoulder. At first, his parents thought it was from shoveling, and didn’t give it a second thought. However, they soon spotted a lump on his collarbone and went to their pediatrician. After prescribing antibiotics to reduce the suspected infection, the family traveled to Arizona, where the lump just “exploded in size.”

Danny’s pediatrician referred them to a pediatric surgeon, and they scheduled an appointment with Jason Fisher, M.D. Dr. Fisher immediately scheduled Danny for an ultrasound, followed by a CAT scan. The results were far worse than an infection: the next day pediatric oncologist Burton Appel, M.D. confirmed that Danny had Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which had already spread through his chest and one lung.

Treatment plans began promisingly – Danny was eating, he was in good spirits – but during his first chemotherapy treatment, he unexpectedly went into anaphylactic shock, a severe allergic reaction. Normally he could come home after sessions, but by the third round, Danny needed to be admitted beforehand. Treatment became difficult both physically and emotionally. “Losing my hair was hard,” remarked Danny.

After five cycles of treatment, though, his mom is thrilled to report, “Danny is good now, he seems to be making up for lost time.” He’s settling back into school, a little more cautious, still nervous before his scans and although he doesn’t discuss the experience much, “Danny is talking more about the future: high school, soccer and basketball tryouts.”

His mom adds, “All the people at Hackensack University Medical Center were great. They weren’t just treating Danny, they were looking after our whole family. Hope comes from the whole team – they keep you thinking positive thoughts.”

Danny’s enjoyed the things he’s done for Tackle Kids Cancer, “TKC is great for kids who are really sick, they can do fun things and I hope someday no one has to go through what I did.”

Danny served as honorary “ball kid” at a recent Knick’s game. He also participated in Modell’s Makeover Minute, where fan-favorite Jason Pierre Paul outfitted Danny in Giants-wear at a Manhattan Modell’s Sporting Goods store. The experience was filmed and used to promote Tackle Kids Cancer’s holiday giving program with Modell’s.


Eli Manning Named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year


Hackensack Meridian Health congratulates New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning on his Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field.  A valued team member, Eli is devoted to the patients at the Children’s Cancer Institute and shares the vision in advancing the Tackle Kids Cancer initiative.  In addition, through his support of the Children’s Cancer Institute’s survivorship program, Cure & Beyond, Eli was honored and recognized by the Sohn Conference Foundation at the 2016 Sohn Investment Conference. At the Conference, Eli announced a $500,000 grant award from the Sohn Conference Foundation, which formed the Sohn-Manning Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Program at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees 2017-2018


Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr.

Richard Henning
Vice Chairman

Gloria Martini

Robert C. Garrett
Co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health

John K. Lloyd
Co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health

Ihor Sawczuk, M.D.
President, Hackensack University Medical Center

Jon M. Fitzgerald
President, Chief Development Officer

Ulises Diaz
Immediate Past Chairman


James P. Andersen

John Apovian, M.D.

Mitchell Baker

James R. Beattie, Esq.

Bruce G. Bohuny

Stephen T. Boswell, Ph.D., P.E.

Nick Cangialosi

Heather Choi

Kevin J. Collins, Esq.

George T. Croonquist

G. Thomas Croonquist, Jr.

William Cunningham

Vincent Curatola

Donald N. Dinallo

Michael Geary

Kristen Gerhard

Peter C. Gerhard

Matthew A. Golson

Gail Gordon, Esq.

Michael Gross, M.D.

Peter A. Gross, M.D.

William C. Hanson

Robert S. Hekemian, Jr.

Tim Hodges

Frank C. Holtham, Jr.

Richard Hubschman, Jr., Esq.

Dante A. Implicito, M.D.

Jill Joyce

Martin W. Kafafian, Esq.

Sandra Keary

Sandra Kissler

John H. Klein

Thomas Langbein

Jerrold Langer

Peggy Liosi

Patricia K. Low

Michael S. McGeary

John C. Meditz

Nicholas Minicucci, Jr.

Jack K. Murray

William J. Murray

James Napolitano, Esq.

Robert E. O’Hara, III

Samuel S. Raia

Sarita Rastogi, M.D.

Julia Recaman

Joseph P. Riccardo

Joseph A. Rizzi, Esq.

David T. Robertson, Esq.

Andrew Rubenstein, M.D.

Ann Marie Saccaro

Thomas Salazer, M.D.

David Sanzari

Anthony Scardino, Jr.

Carol D. Schaefer

Charles V. Schaefer, III

Elyssa Schecter

John A. Schepisi, Esq.

Mark D. Schlesinger, M.D.

Charles H. Shotmeyer

Phil Simms

Joseph Simunovich

Rosemarie J. Sorce

Deborah A. Stone

Anthony C. Taccetta, Jr.

Scott Tarriff

Samuel Toscano, Jr.

Christopher Turner

Frank J. Vuono