The Valley Hospital Auxiliary Celebrates its 61st Annual Valley Ball
While Raising $154,000
On a beautiful Friday evening in December, more than 350 celebrants gathered in black tie attire to carry on a tradition that has marked the beginning of the holiday season for Valley supporters for more than 60 years. The Valley Hospital Auxiliary’s legendary event, the Valley Ball, took place at the Rockleigh Country Club on December 2nd, and raised approximately $154,000 which is being directed towards The Auxiliary’s $1.5 million pledge.
Elaine Heimberger, Past Auxiliary President and Valley Ball Co-Chair, welcomed the guests, recognized the sponsors and donors, and encouraged everyone to dance “under the sparkling chandeliers of The Rockleigh.”
Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System, expressed her appreciation to the Auxiliary, stating “… while the Hospital and the delivery of healthcare have undergone significant changes over the last 65 years, one thing has been a constant – the commitment of generations of devoted Auxilians. Their tradition of service and philanthropy continues, tonight.”
Throughout its long history, The Valley Hospital Auxiliary has raised more than $17 million in support of much-needed healthcare programs and services that have touched thousands of patients and their families. It consists of more than 1,500 members in 15 branches, and works to fulfill the threefold mission: to raise funds for special projects, provide volunteer service, and serve as a community liaison.
Last year, members of The Valley Hospital Auxiliary pledged to raise $1.5 million to be designated to two areas – Valley Medical Group’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Program and $100,000 to Valley Home Care’s Butterflies endowment. This event is one of many fundraisers organized by the Auxiliary volunteers to reach that goal. This donation designated to these two programs demonstrates their loyal support of Valley’s mission.