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December 12, 2017

Your Monthly Round-Up of Stories From
The Cooper Foundation


In This Issue:

A Message of Gratitude from Cooper Foundation President and CEO
2018 Cooper Red Hot Gala Holiday of Hope – Still Time to Give
Annual Snowflake Fundraiser Benefits Families in Difficult Times
Cooper Employees Adopt Families for the Holidays
Camden Children Learn Basketball Skills in CHAA Clinic
We're In The News


Thank You

As 2017 comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank our donors, volunteers, community partners and our entire family of supporters for making this year a record-breaker.


Thanks to you, our Red Hot Gala raised $2 million for the Cooper Surgical Services Institute, which provides the highest quality, advanced surgical care for patients throughout the region.


Our Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch raised $805,000 for breast and gynecological cancer research and care at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, and our Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund dinner raised $110,000 in memory of the beloved owner of local landmark Ponzio’s.


This year, we also received a generous $2.2 million gift to explore the role of stem cells in certain cancers, wound healing and vision – research that may lead to breakthrough treatment for millions of individuals who suffer from devastating diseases.


Your contributions have touched Cooper and the greater Camden community in so many meaningful ways.


Children throughout the city have more opportunities to play than ever before, thanks to your support for the Camden Health & Athletic Association. Young scholars attending KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy started the school year off right with backpacks and school supplies donated through our Operation Backpack Initiative, and your donations helped brighten this holiday season for more than 150 families in need through our Adopt-A-Family Program.


In addition to the tremendous support you provided Cooper here at home, you also came together as a community to raise funds and provide assistance for hurricane victims in Houston and Puerto Rico. Thank you!


While this year was one for the record books, there is always more that we can do to ensure patients throughout the region have access to the highest quality care available.


I hope you will join me for the 2018 Red Hot Gala, hosted by Cooper Board of Trustees Chairman, George E. Norcross III and The Cooper Foundation Chairman, Philip A. Norcross and benefitting The Ripa Center for Women’s Health & Wellness at Cooper and other women's health programs.


I also hope you will consider making a year-end, tax-deductible gift to The Cooper Foundation so that together we can continue to advance the critical research and innovative care that makes Cooper the leading academic health system in South Jersey.


On behalf of our patients and all of us here at Cooper, I am deeply grateful for your continued generosity and ongoing support, and wish you all the best for a happy and healthy New Year!


With Gratitude,


Susan Bass Levin

President & CEO

The Cooper Foundation


Cooper Red Hot Gala


Holiday of Hope – Still Time to Give

This holiday season please help spread hope and cheer to children in need by donating a new toy or book to Cooper Children’s Regional Hospital. Shop our Amazon wish list and donate a toy without ever leaving your home or office.



Annual Snowflake Fundraiser Benefits Families in Difficult Times

Thank you to everyone who purchased a snowflake for our 9th Annual Snowflake Fundraiser benefiting the families of trauma patients. The snowflakes – purchased in honor or memory of a loved one – will be on display in the DiFlorio Family Healing Garden through December.



Cooper Employees Adopt Families for the Holidays

Cooper employees collected and donated gifts for more than 150 families in need through our 8th Annual Adopt-a-Family program in partnership with the Volunteers of America. Thank you to everyone who participated!




Camden Children Learn Basketball Skills in Camden Health & Athletic Association Clinic

More than 100 Camden children participated in a free basketball skills and drills clinic last month. The event was hosted by the Camden Health & Athletic Association and offered boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 15 the opportunity to learn more about the sport and practice fundamentals.


Held at the Rutgers Camden Gymnasium, the clinic featured the Philadelphia 76ers DUNK SQUAD and special guest, World B. Free, Ambassador of 76ers Basketball.


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We're In The News

∙ Santa Claus Cruises Into Cooper Hospital via Helicopter – SNJ Today – December 7, 2017 by Nina Baratti: Santa finds time in his busy schedule to visit pediatric patients at Cooper Children’s Regional Hospital. Read More


∙ Remembering Camden’s Ties to Slavery With New Historical Markers – – November 27, 2017 by Avalon R. Zoppo: Yards from Camden’s first documented slave auction in 1727, outside what is now an arts center in Johnson Park, the city unveiled a historical marker – a move county and state officials said will counter a rewriting of history seen in today’s politics and the current debate over Confederate monuments. Read More


∙ In Camden, Housing Program Reduces Trips to Emergency Room – Courier Post – November 22, 2017 by Kim Mulford: The Housing First pilot project launched by the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers aims to lower health care costs for Camden's chronically ill and homeless population. Read More

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