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AtlantiCare Century Club Gala to be State of the Art event

Media Contact: Jennifer Tornetta,
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For Immediate Release:  May 2, 2013

AtlantiCare to recognize
NJ Governor Chris Christie and Mary Pat Christie;
Ensign John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers®; and John Becher, DO
with Edward R. Knight Award


Who:  Approximately 850 people

What:  Will attend AtlantiCare’s 54th Annual Century Club Gala

When:  Saturday, May 4, 2013 – 6:30 p.m. to midnight

  • 6:30  p.m. – Reception, musical performance, gallery exhibits
  • 7:45 p.m. – Dinner seating
  • 8:10 p.m. – Remarks, Presentation of Edward R. Knight Award

Where:  Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City

Details: Approximately 850 people will attend AtlantiCare’s 54th Annual Century Club Gala, during which AtlantiCare will recognize New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie; the Ensign John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers®; and John W. Becher, DO, of Margate, with the Edward R. Knight Award for community service.

The theme of the black tie-optional, sold-out event is State of the Art – An Evening Transformed.

Gala décor, ranging from colors, to decorations, to place settings to floral arrangements and more will be based on the oil painting “Blue Water Lilies II,” by artist Linda Ramsay, of Wenonah, New Jersey, from whom AtlantiCare has commissioned several pieces of art for its Healing Arts Program. “Blue Water Lilies II” is usually on display at the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner.

Artistic entertainment - artists to imitate artists
Actors with Off Broad Street Players, of Bridgeton, will portray late artists Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol.

Musical entertainment
Celestial Flute and Harp Duo harpist Barbara Gallagher and flutist Geri Rizzo will perform during the cocktail reception. Hank Lane’s Steve Delisi Band, New York, New York, will perform during and after dinner.

Gallery exhibits
Artwork by local and regional artists will be part of a special gallery exhibit. Sales will benefit the AtlantiCare Foundation. Participating organizations will include:

  • ArtC, Linwood
  • Accent Gallery, Ocean City
  • Chora Leone Gallery, Somers Point
  • William Ris Gallery, Stone Harbor

Gala chairpersons are Ciro Randazzo, MD, MPH, neurovascular surgeon, AtlantiCare Neurosciences Institute and assistant professor of Neurological Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University, and his wife Lana, of Linwood, and Thomas and Peggy Sykes, of Atlantic City. Thomas Sykes is principle, SOSH Architects, Atlantic City, New Jersey and New York, New York. Peggy Sykes serves on the AtlantiCare Health Services Board.

Proceeds to benefit AtlantiCare Programs and Services
AtlantiCare has raised more than $550 thousand through sponsorships by approximately 100 individuals and/or organizations. Proceeds of the Gala will benefit AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program; Healing Arts Program and Growing Green Initiative.

About the Edward R. Knight Award and winners
AtlantiCare established the Edward R. Knight Award in 1998 to honor those who contribute to building a healthier community. It is named for the chairman emeritus of ARMC, Edward R. Knight, PhD, who has devoted more than 50 years of service to improving healthcare for those who live and work in southeastern New Jersey.

AtlantiCare will recognize the Christies with the Edward R. Knight Special Award, who will accept the award on video, for their leadership and extraordinary efforts in support of the southern New Jersey Region and the state before, during and after Super Storm Sandy and through  the renaissance of Atlantic City; the Ensign John R. Elliott HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers® with the Edward R. Knight Community Award for helping to save lives in accordance with Knight’s vision for creating a healthier community and a better place to live; and John Becher, DO,  of Margate, who retired as chairman of Emergency Services at ARMC in 2012, with the Edward R. Knight Physician Award for his service and considerable contributions to AtlantiCare and the emergency medicine community.

About AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Program
AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children program works with area schools to create and sustain healthy school environments by providing resources and programming to ensure students are healthy and ready to learn.

About AtlantiCare’s Healing Arts Program
Through its Healing Arts program, AtlantiCare incorporates artwork in the healthcare setting with a goal of creating a healing, serene environment. AtlantiCare dedicates one percent of all new building costs to the commission of artwork by local and regional artists.

About AtlantiCare’s Growing Green Initiative
AtlantiCare’s Growing Green initiative empowers the community to take charge of its health by offering funds, resources, and education around the creation of access points for fresh, healthy food. By fostering the creation and sustenance of school and community gardens (33 to date in the region), AtlantiCare encourages healthier food choices while beautifying open spaces in neighborhoods and schools.

AtlantiCare is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It does so by focusing on customer needs and expectations to provide accessible, comprehensive services of superior quality and value. AtlantiCare is comprised of AtlantiCare Regional Health Services including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with three locations, ambulatory services and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization.

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