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NICU Families Reunite to ‘Wish Upon the NICU Stars’

Ridgewood, New Jersey, May 30, 2019 – The Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the members of Valley’s NICU Patient Family Support Program hosted the 5th annual Fashion Show and Tricky Tray, themed “Wish Upon the NICU Stars”. The event took place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at The Venetian in Garfield, where approximately 500 guests gathered raising more than $35,000 for Valley’s NICU fund.

The honoree of the evening was Suzanne Milkiewicz-Bryjak, a devoted member of The Valley Hospital NICU team who was instrumental in the establishment of Valley’s NICU Family Support Program, a unique Valley service which brings current and past NICU families together to navigate through the NICU journey. Dr. Carmela Pané, Director of Neonatology at The Valley Hospital imparted “This program would not have been possible if not for the passion of tonight’s honoree, Suzanne Bryjak. Without her vision, our NICU Patient Family Support Program and this event would never have taken off and become all that it is today.”

The NICU Fashion show was made possible through the hard work of the Event Committee Chairs, including Committee Chairs Carla Marzano-Lindemulder and Lisa Parker. Also, a dedicated team of committee members volunteered, including Susan Bakalarczyk, Wendy Bruffy, Christine Bonamarte, Sandy Carapezza, Kylene Cognetta, Becky Cortese, Sean Dabney, Heather Doherty, Maggy Diaz, Patrice Duker, Lisa Johnson, Danielle Lawson, Peishan Lo, Erica Lui, RN, Nidhi Mehta, Liana Merjanian, Diana Mikula, Fran Miller, RNC BSN, Kourtney Moscarello, Agatha Palko, Jaclyn Passanante, Renee Pellegrino, Jane Salmon, Dawn Samphel, Trisha Sullivan, Colleen Washburn, Marissa Vradenburg, and Marie Vogel.

For more than 30 years The Valley Hospital NICU has cared for infants and their families in the community, offering comprehensive neonatal services to babies requiring specialized care. Valley’s dedicated staff provides the highest quality of care while providing hope as they walk every step with the family members through the NICU journey.

5th Annual NICU Fashion Show Committee Members