Press Release

For Immediate Release
Mar 22, 2011
Contact : Elizabeth Dobis, Public Relations Specialist  

Annual Sweetheart Ball Raises Significant Funds to Benefit Cancer Care

Funds raised will benefit programs and services at the Cancer Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center  

Neptune, NJ - The Fourteenth Annual Sweetheart Ball was held on Saturday, February 26, at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale and raised nearly $200,000.  

Funds raised at this year's Sweetheart Ball, which was co-chaired by Dr. Kenneth and Ann Marie Nahum and Phil and Marilyn Perricone, will benefit the programs and services of the Cancer Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.   

A highlight of the evening included the opportunity to award Gina Petillo, past Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees member, with the William C. Black Award of Hope for her generous contributions to the hospital. The award was named after the late Mr. William Black and is presented annually to an individual who personifies Mr. Black's commitment and generosity towards Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Mr. Black previously served on the Meridian Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the Jersey Shore Medical Center.  

For more information on any Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations events, please call Valerie Ryan, special events associate, at 732-751-5101.  

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit university teaching hospital and home to the K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital – the first children's hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program that has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and nationally designated stroke center in the region. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiac care and surgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, and advanced women's and children's health services. For more information on Meridian's advanced services or for a physician referral, call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit