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Valley Welcomes Colonel, USAF Retired Astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman at the 9th Annual Women For Health Spring Luncheon



Ridgewood, New Jersey May 31, 2019
On Wednesday, May 8th, Colonel, USAF Retired Astronaut, and speaker Dr. Catherine Grace Coleman captivated an audience of more than 200 women philanthropists at the Edgewood Country Club as part of the 9th Annual Women For Health Spring Luncheon. Co-chairs Julie Epstein and Danielle Gaglioti, trustees of The Valley Hospital Foundation, welcomed guests and showed a brief video illustrating the impact of the group’s previous gifts to Valley.

Since it was established in 2011, the members of Women For Health have pooled their social and philanthropic resources to support programs and services across Valley Health System. “The $1,000 annual gift from each member has brought our group to new heights in philanthropy,” Mrs. Gaglioti announced. “This year we expect our cumulative nine years of collaborative giving to touch the stars when we exceed $1 million!”

Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System, shared the latest plans for The New Valley Hospital in Paramus. “With the help of forward-thinking friends, like the members of Women For Health, we have made significant progress in making The New Valley Hospital in Paramus a reality.”

Audrey welcomed keynote speaker, scientist, wife, mother, pilot, musician, and recently retired NASA astronaut Dr. Catherine Grace Coleman. With more than 180 days in space over the course of three missions, Dr. “Cady” Coleman spoke about her journeys into space. Projecting images of the crew in space and on earth, Dr. Coleman highlighted the importance of relationships, the effect of collaboration and the impact of working as a united team.

As Dr. Coleman showed a photo of her crew weightless in space, she said “sometimes, it’s difficult to determine what’s right side up, and what’s upside down.” Then, gracefully shifting the discussion to a life lesson, she encouraged the audience to “look at things from a different angle, because doing so can give you a very valuable viewpoint.”

Through their social and philanthropic contributions to Valley Health System, the members of Women For Health assist Valley in providing the best possible healthcare. Each fall, they 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.