Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jun 17, 2014
Contact : Donna Sellmann, Marketing and Public Relations  
(732) 840-3279
dsellmann@meridianhealth.com

Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation to Host 43rd Annual Chrysanthemum Ball

Honorees announced for spectacular event taking place October 11, 2014  

Manahawkin, NJ - The annual Chrysanthemum Ball to support the Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation will take place on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Caesar’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Honorees at this year’s event include Monsignor Ken Tuzeneu of Barnegat, NJ; Adam Lazarus, M.D. of Southampton, NJ and Debby Goldman of Haven Beach, NJ.

The Chrysanthemum Ball is the signature fundraising event for Southern Ocean Medical Center, supporting health care services and programs for residents of Ocean County. The event features music by the Kenny I Orchestra, a community gift auction and 50/50 raffle. Southern Ocean Center Genesis Healthcare is the Grand Sponsor for the evening. The event will also feature a special awards ceremony to honor three outstanding leaders in the community.

The James J. Mancini Award for Community Service will be presented to Monsignor Ken Tuzeneu. Msgr. Ken was ordained a priest in 1979 and was elevated to Monsignor in 2008. He has served as pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Barnegat, NJ for the past 22 years. His accomplishments within the community are numerous. These efforts include the establishment of a food kitchen program, the institution of perpetual adoration at St. Mary’s, overseeing the construction of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel, and helping to build St. Mary of the Pines in Manahawkin.

Msgr. Ken’s vision and dedication also resulted in a beautiful new Parish Center and Religious Education Building, which stands as a symbol of faith for the entire community.

The Robert S. Irvin, M.D., Award for Medical Service will be presented to Adam Lazarus, M.D., chairman of the emergency department at Southern Ocean Medical Center. Dr. Lazarus joined the medical center in 2004 as an emergency physician and has steadily taken on more responsibility. In addition to serving as chairman of the department since 2010, he has also held the position as Assistant Director of Practice Improvement for EMCARE’s North Division. He is being recognized as someone whose talent and devotion have left an indelible mark on the community.

The Zena Josephson Award for Volunteer Service will be presented to Debby Goldman. As a longtime summer resident of Long Beach Island, Mrs. Goldman has volunteered at Southern Ocean Medical Center for 20 years. Prior to getting involved with the hospital, she established her own executive recruiting firm in 1982 and served on the board of Chapin School in Princeton, NJ and Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.

When not in NJ, Mrs. Goldman actively volunteers in Boca Raton, FL, caring for hospice patients through Palm Beach County Hospice. Along with husband Peter, who has a personal connection to the Southern Ocean Medical Center Board of Trustees and has served on many committees, the couple takes great pride and commitment to support the medical center’s mission and ensure the best health and wellness services are available to the community.

In addition to selecting this year’s award recipients, a dedicated committee is hard at work planning for the signature event. This year’s committee includes co-chairs Deborah Dolan of Long Beach Island and Deborah Mathis of Little Egg Harbor, auction co-chairs Nancy Young and Debra Christians, journal chair Angela Ominski, and raffle chair Pat Muszynski.

This year’s Chrysanthemum Ball will be held on Saturday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Tickets are $275 for individuals or $2,500 for a table of 10.

For more information, please call Jaclyn Lang at Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation at 732-751-5101 or e-mail jmlang@meridianhealth.com. Reservations and raffle tickets may be purchased online at www.MeridianHealthAffiliatedFoundationEvents.com/Ball.

About Southern Ocean Medical Center
Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin is a member of the Meridian Health family, which includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and most recently, BayshoreCommunity Hospital in Holmdel. Southern Ocean Medical Center is home to a wide range of clinical services and programs specializing in cardiovascular and stroke care, maternity and women's health, orthopedics and joint health, bariatric surgery, and wellness and prevention programs.  Part of Meridian Cancer Care, Southern Ocean Medical Center provides comprehensive cancer services, including radiation oncology, surgery, and clinical trials, and is connected to specialized programs and services throughout Meridian Health. For more information, visit SouthernOceanMedicalCenter.com or call 1-800-DOCTORS.
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