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Ninth Annual Cooper Red Hot Gala Raises $2.2 Million for Patient and Community Services

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March 29, 2019


CAMDEN, N.J. — The Chairman of the Cooper Board of Trustees, George E. Norcross III, announced tonight that The Cooper Foundation raised $2.2 million at its ninth annual Red Hot Gala. This year’s proceeds support Cooper University Health Care’s commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and providing exceptional medical care and services for patients.

“As the leading academic health system in South Jersey, Cooper is committed to providing advanced medical care and ensuring that our neighbors have access to wellness services,” said Norcross. “I am grateful for the continued support that will advance patient care, education, and community programs, and fund research that leads to better treatments and cures.”

Norcross hosted the Gala with Philip A. Norcross, Chairman of The Cooper Foundation Board of Trustees. Held at Vie in Philadelphia, this year’s event honored Cooper University Health Care Co-Presidents, Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE and Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD.

“We want to thank all of our friends and supporters of the Red Hot Gala, your generosity will support our growth as a leading academic health system in the region providing the highest level of clinical care for our patients,” said Dr. Mazzarelli.

“We are grateful to all who supported this event and recognize the great work Cooper’s physicians, nurses, and health care professionals do for the more than 1.6 million patients who trust us for their health care each year,” said O’Dowd.

More than 900 people attended the 2019 Cooper Red Hot Gala, one of the largest charitable fundraisers in the region, raising a total of $14.3 million since 2011.

New this year was a musical program featuring a variety of musical genres: first live jazz from Jimmy Quaile & Friends, then Beethoven met Bruno Mars as the Philadelphia String Quartet wowed the crowd, the B-Street Band, a salute to Bruce Springsteen, had everyone singing along, and for the night owls, a lively DJ played all the top hits.

“Support for this year’s Gala is an investment in the future of Cooper and a commitment to the health and wellness of our community,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “From investments in housing, education and youth athletics, Cooper is making an impact on the way people grow, live, learn, work and thrive.”

About The Cooper Foundation and Cooper University Health Care
The Cooper Foundation serves as the philanthropic, community outreach and community development arm of Cooper University Health Care, one of the largest health systems in southern New Jersey with over 100 outpatient offices and its flagship, Cooper University Hospital located in Camden, N.J.