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January 11, 2018

Your Monthly Round-Up From
The Cooper Foundation


In This Issue:


We're Painting The Town Cooper Red April 27, 2018
Featured Donor: Susan Marie Rupp Foundation
Make a Difference This Martin Luther King Day
Holiday Meals Help Camden Families
Thank You for the Holiday Toys!
From Our Inbox
Celebrate a Loved One with a Memorial Gift
We're In The News
We've Moved!



2018 Red Hot Gala to Benefit Ripa Center for Women’s Health & Wellness


Get ready to paint the town Cooper red and support the Ripa Center for Women’s Health & Wellness at the 2018 Cooper Red Hot Gala.


This year’s honorees are Terry Ricca, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer; Robin L. Perry, MD, FACOG, Chairman and Chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and maybe a surprise special guest.


Reserve your tickets to the hottest event of the season, where the Who’s Who of New Jersey leaders and Cooper friends unite to celebrate success and invest in Cooper’s future.


Become a sponsor, purchase an ad, take a chance on our Super 50/50, or make a direct donation.


Whatever you do, mark your calendar in RED
and join us for the hottest Gala yet!



Featured Donor: Susan Marie Rupp Foundation

A lifelong resident of Pine Hill, Susan Marie Rupp was devoted to her family, friends and community.


Known affectionately, as “Coach Sue,” she was actively involved in youth athletics for 39 years and was a beloved teacher’s assistant for over a dozen years.


She also had an unforgettable smile.


“My mother was an amazing, caring and beautiful woman, with the warmest smile, who always inspired the best in others,” said Shawn Rupp, Sue’s oldest son. “Her smile never left her face. It never faded.”


Sue lost her courageous 8-year battle with ovarian cancer in 2010 at the age of 52.


In her memory, her family established the Susan Marie Rupp Foundation to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and advance ovarian cancer care and research.


The Foundation recently made a $25,000 gift to The Cooper Foundation to establish the “Susan Marie Rupp Ovarian Cancer Research Fund” at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.


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Make a Difference This Martin Luther King Day

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day and honor the famous civil rights leader by joining The Cooper Foundation as a community partner.


Our community partners volunteer at events throughout the year and support Cooper programs and initiatives that make a difference in the lives of children and adults throughout Camden and the region.


From book and toy drives to supporting our littlest patients, volunteering with the Camden Health and Athletic Association or tutoring at the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, to raising funds for cancer patients in need, we have unlimited opportunities for our community partners to get involved.


To become a community partner or for more information, contact Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO, at 856.963.6703 or


Learn How Your Organization Can Make a Difference Now!



Holiday Meals Benefit Camden Families

Thanks to your generous donations, The Cooper Foundation was able to provide 150 Camden families with a turkey and all the fixings (and even a new book for the kids) for a warm holiday meal last month. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible.



Thank You for the Holiday Toys!

Santa brought holiday cheer to our youngest patients at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper last month, with some help from generous families, local businesses, Cooper employees and community organizations.


Thank you to everyone who donated toys, art supplies, pajamas and warm clothing, including: Kingston Fire Co., Memoribilia for Charities, AMVETS Post 101, The Dream Foundation, Hollowsands Luxury Limousines, The Thomas Family, Moorestown High School students, Linda and Frank Falcone, Donna and Rick Forman, along with Kristi Devlin from Cooper GI and Cooper Imaging Center employees.


Sign up to make a child’s wish come true any time of the year, contact Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO, at 856.963.6703 or


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As we look forward to our 2018 Cooper Red Hot Gala, we are happy to share this note we recently received about our 2017 honoree Jeffrey Carpenter, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery.



Dr. Jeffrey Carpenter is worthy of high praise and recognition not only by his medical peers, but also by all who know him and recognize him for his humanity and humanitarian contributions as well as a person of faith and ethics. Congratulations!” – Father Steven Vlahos



Express your condolences or honor a loved one with a gift to support the future of medicine at Cooper University Health Care. Your memorial gift to The Cooper Foundation will be recognized with a beautiful card featuring art by a New Jersey artist that we will send to whomever you designate.


A recent gift has been made in memory of Paul J. Truran, of Collingswood. Paul was a graduate of Camden Catholic High School where he was inducted into their 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame. Throughout his life, Paul played, coached and lived football.


To learn more about making a gift in honor or memory of a loved one, click here.



We're In The News

∙ Rowan University Commits $50 Million to Cooper Medical School – SNJ Today – December 21, 2017 by SNJ Today Staff : Rowan University’s Board of Trustees commits $50 million to be used over the next ten years to improve medical and bioscience research at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Read More


∙ First Baby Born in 2018 at Cooper! – – January 1, 2018 by Susan K. Livio: E'laya Lewis of Camden would appear to be the Garden State's official New Year's baby, according to an informal survey among New Jersey's 51 birthing hospitals. Her mother, Jasmine Walker, 25, and the team at Cooper University Hospital delivered her at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Read More


∙ People to Watch in 2018: Kris Kolluri, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership – Philadelphia Business Journal – December 20, 2017 by Natalie Kostelni: The Philadelphia Business Journal names Kris Kolluri, newly appointed President and CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, a person to watch in 2018. Read More


∙ Camden Has a New Development Czar, and He Feels the Stars Are Finally Aligning for the City – The Philadelphia Inquirer – December 15, 2017 by Kevin Riordan: Inquirer columnist Kevin Riordan interviews Kris Kolluri, the newly appointed President and CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership. Read More



We’ve Moved!

New year, new location. The Cooper Foundation has moved its offices to the Sheridan Pavilion across from the hospital.


Our new address is Three Cooper Plaza, Suite 500, Camden, NJ, 08103. Our e-mail addresses and phone numbers will remain the same.

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Three Cooper Plaza, Suite 500
Camden, NJ 08103

Office: 856.342.2222



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