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Valley’s Women For Health Designate Funds Towards Reach for Hope Fertility Preservation Program


November 30, 2016, Ridgewood, New Jersey  On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, more than 90 Women For Health gathered at the Ridgewood Country Club for our Annual Meeting to vote on the designation of their collective gift to Valley.  This year, the members are donating $170,000 to The Valley Hospital Fertility Center’s Reach for Hope program.  This gift is Women For Health’s largest gift since its inception in 2011.  The Valley Hospital Fertility Center (VHFC) is committed to offering fertility preservation options for cancer patients, and their Reach for Hope Program reduces the oncology patient’s financial responsibility for her IVF cycle.  This gift will provide financial assistance and hope in the form of fertility preservation options to qualified oncology patients.

This year’s gift has an additional level of meaning for the group’s members as they are making the gift in memory of one of their founding members who passed away in June of this year – Ann B. Alford.  In addition to being a founding member of Women For Health, Mrs. Alford was an honorary trustee of The Valley Hospital Foundation and a trustee of Valley Health System.  Present for this announcement were two of Mrs. Alford’s daughters, Elizabeth Hogan and Maria Suehnholz.

Formed in 2011, The Valley Hospital Foundation’s Women For Health has grown from 30 charter members to its current membership of 170 women, primarily from Bergen, Passaic and Rockland Counties. These women have pooled their social and philanthropic resources to assist The Valley Hospital and Valley Home Care in providing the best possible healthcare. Each year the members gather to hear presentations on three funding opportunities at Valley and then vote to determine which program will receive their collective gift.  

If you are interested in becoming a member of this unique group of women philanthropists, please contact Sandy Carapezza at 201-291-6300 or acarape@valleyhospitalfoundation.org.

Maria Suehnholz; Peter Jarosz, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services, The Valley Hospital; Joan Andrito, Manager, Invitro Fertililzation, The Valley Hospital; Danielle Gaglioti and Julie Epstein, Co-chairs of Women For Health and Trustees of The Valley Hospital Foundation; and Elizabeth Hogan.