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December 16, 2016

Your Monthly Round-Up of Stories From
The Cooper Foundation


In This Issue:

Reflecting Back 2017 Cooper Red Hot Gala Holiday Of Hope
A Trauma Tradition Adopt-A-Family Pink and Teal Video
CHAA Basketball Fest In The News


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Thank You From Cooper Foundation

President & CEO, Susan Bass Levin


Thank you to our donors, volunteers, community partners and our entire family of supporters for making 2016 a landmark year!


Together, we raised a record-breaking $1.6 million at our Red Hot Gala to help our littlest patients at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper.


Our Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch raised $750,000 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 $150,000 in memory of the beloved owner of Ponzio’s.


Whether you made a personal gift, held your own fundraiser as one of our growing number of community partners, contributed a quilt for our first ever quilt auction, or sold lemonade on a hot summer day like one of our youngest supporters, your generous efforts have helped make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.


Through your support of The Cooper Foundation, you have also helped in revitalizing the Camden community.


This year we established the Camden Health and Athletic Association to ensure that any child who wants to join a team and play a sport has that opportunity, and we launched the Camden Construction Career Initiative to train Camden residents and connect them with jobs that are being created through the city’s redevelopment.


We distributed more than 900 backpacks filled with school supplies so students at the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy could start the year off right, and we provided holiday meals and gifts for more than 100 families in need.


While we have made tremendous strides, we know there is much more work to do.  


Please join me for the 2017 Cooper Red Hot Gala on March 31, hosted by George & Sandy Norcross, benefitting the Cooper Surgical Services Institute and honoring the esteemed Dr. Jeffrey Carpenter, Chairman of the Department of Surgery.


Also, in the spirit of the season, I hope you will consider making a year-end, tax-deductible gift so we can continue to advance the research, innovation and leadership that makes Cooper the premier health care provider in the region.


Thank you again for all you do throughout the year on behalf of our patients and their families. 


Please accept my heartfelt gratitude and warmest wishes for a happy and healthy 2017!




Susan Bass Levin
President & CEO
The Cooper Foundation




George & Sandy Norcross Invite You To The Cooper Red Hot Gala On March 31!

Mark your calendars now for the hottest party of the year! Our 7th Annual Cooper Red Hot Gala will be held on Friday night, March 31 at Vie in Philadelphia. All proceeds will benefit the Cooper Surgical Services Institute, which provides leading-edge surgical options in a world-class facility performed by some of the region’s top surgeons.


Join The Party!


Make It A Holiday Of Hope For Children In Need

There is still time to make it a holiday of hope for our youngest and bravest patients at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. You can shop our Amazon or Toys ‘R Us wish lists and donate a toy without ever leaving your home or office. You can also give the gift of reading by purchasing a book for donation at the Barnes & Noble in Deptford.


Thank you to everyone who donated on #GivingTuesday. You have helped make a child’s wish come true!


Snowflake Fundraiser A Trauma Tradition

This December marks the 8th annual “Season of Hope and Healing” snowflake fundraiser for the Cooper Trauma Center.


Snowflakes purchased in honor or memory of loved ones adorn the DiFlorio Family Healing Garden throughout the month, and proceeds are used to purchase comfort bags for families of adult and pediatric patients admitted to the hospital.


“Many of our trauma families arrive at the hospital in a hurry and without everything they need,” said Mary Lachant, RN, BSN, MPA, associate trauma coordinator. “They are in shock, afraid and in need of our support.”


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Cooper Employees Giving Back:

Children Have Beds For The Holidays
Thanks To Adopt-A-Family Program


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Photo of Team Finance Department with gifts for their adopted families.


Bicycles, video games, even a set of bunk beds.


For the seventh year in a row, Cooper employees have helped make the holidays brighter for families in need throughout South Jersey.


Through the Adopt-A-Family program in partnership with Volunteers of America, Cooper employees collected and donated gifts for more than 125 families, fulfilling their holiday wish lists.


“Everybody was so excited to do something,” said Cathy Curley, Assistant Vice President of Population Health and Community Outreach. “We feel like we were able to get everything on the list as a team.”


Including bunk beds.


The Population Health and Community Outreach teams pulled together to purchase new bedding, clothes, toys and everything else, plus some extras, on the list. Curley said a special thanks goes to Rachel Powell, Program Manager, and Lorraine Sweeney, Community Outreach Coordinator for their help in pulling everyone together.


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Lights! Camera!
Pink & Teal!

Be sure to watch the highlight video of the 2016 Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch, which raised more than $750,000 for breast and gynecologic cancer research and clinical programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Next year’s brunch will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29. Save the date!


Watch Now!


Camden Kids Win With Free Sports Physicals

Cooper pediatricians and staff earlier this month provided free athletic physicals for dozens of Camden children as part of Basketball Fest, an initiative of the Camden Health and Athletic Association.


The Association, a nonprofit organization aimed at expanding Camden’s youth sports programs, is partnering with several youth basketball organizations to provide children an opportunity to play basketball this winter.


In addition to free athletic physicals, Basketball Fest included a skills and drills clinic, open play and on-site registration for Camden children.


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In The News

∙ Camden Health-Care Coalition Gets Grant For National Program - Philadelphia Inquirer – December 7, 2016 by Harold Brubaker: The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, led by MacArthur Fellow and primary-care physician Jeffrey Brenner has won a $1.65 million grant from the Aetna Foundation to develop a curriculum that will help other cities adopt the data-driven approach Brenner has used in Camden. Read More



∙ Divas For A Cure Support Breast Cancer Research - Burlington County Times – December 8, 2016 by Rebecca Carlbon: The Cooper Foundation received a $2,600 donation from the Divas For A Cure Breast Cancer Motorcycle Ride to support breast cancer research and clinical care at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Read More


∙ Waterfront Project Pledges Jobs For Camden - Courier Post – December 5, 2016 by Jim Walsh: Liberty Property Trust began construction on a "transformational mixed-use urban neighborhood" on the city's Waterfront with plans to fill construction workforce with Camden residents. Read More


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