Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 27, 2015
Contact : Robert Cavanaugh, Manager of Public Affairs for Meridian Health  
732-751-3451
rcavanaugh@MeridianHealth.com

Sky Blue FC Goes Pink for Meridian Health’s Paint the Town Pink

Players will sport custom pink jerseys at May 31 Game  

Neptune, NJ - Sky Blue FC announced they will “Go Pink” at their May 31st home game against the Houston Dash at Yurcak Field at Rutgers University. In support of Meridian Health’s Paint the Town Pink campaign, Sky Blue players will wear custom pink jerseys and encourage their fans to join them by sporting pink at the game.

“We’re all very excited to support this wonderful community event again this year,” Sky Blue FC president and general manager Tony Novo said. “By going pink at the game, we hope to further Paint the Town Pink’s mission to raise awareness for the importance of annual mammography.”

Paint the Town Pink is a community-wide effort presented by Meridian Health that has expanded across three counties and 41 towns over the past eight years. Because early detection is a woman’s best defense against breast cancer our goal is to encourage women in our community, aged 40 and older, to have their annual mammogram. This year, nearly 1,100 businesses and community partners have Pinked It Forward in unique and creative ways—including town events, pink promotions, and very pink window displays—to remind women in our community to get this important preventative care.

“This partnership allows Meridian Health to educate girls about the importance of taking care of themselves beginning at a young age, which can transition into adulthood,” said Denise Johnson Miller, M.D., director of Breast Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and part of Meridian Cancer Care. “It is wonderful to see the Sky Blue players support the mission of Paint the Town Pink, truly encouraging women of all ages to put their health at the top of their to do list.”

This year, Meridian Health has asked community members, businesses, and other pink partners to "pinky promise" for annual mammography and women's health. In addition, Sky Blue has pinky promised to support the Paint the Town Pink mission, sporting pink jerseys to encourage women to get their annual mammogram and take care of their health.

This is a chance to watch world class soccer while supporting an important cause. To purchase tickets to this game, visit tickets.skybluefc.com or call 888-723-2849. All fans can receive a $5 discount for this game, by entering discount code pink15. If you’d like to learn more about Paint the Town Pink, visit PaintTheTownPink.com.

About Sky Blue FC
Operated by Sky Blue Soccer, Sky Blue FC is the New Jersey franchise in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Now entering its sixth season as a professional franchise, Sky Blue FC captured the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Championship in 2009 with an inspirational run through the league playoffs. The team, led by head coach Jim Gabarra, boasts players from the U.S. Women's National Team, in addition to some of the top international players from around the world. For additional information, visit the team online at www.SkyBlueFC.com and on social media: @SkyBlueFC

Meridian Health
is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. In September 2014, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a Letter of Intent to merge. In October 2014, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network signed a memorandum of understanding to merge. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for six consecutive years, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium alongside six of the nation’s leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. With more than 100 convenient locations, over 1,800 beds, nearly 13,000 team members, and affiliations with more than 2,000 of the area’s finest physicians, Meridian Health is a leading health care provider in New Jersey, providing quality health services, facilities, and programs. For more information, please visit www.MeridianHealth.com.