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51st Annual Gala: Keep Calm and Be Well

With more than 430 guests in attendance, the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation held its 51st annual spring gala, "Keep Calm and Be Well" at the Hyatt Regency Princeton on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

The prestigious “Spirit of St. Francis” award was presented to The Honorable Anthony Persichilli and Judith Persichilli. This honor is given to an individual/organization who reflects the philosophy of caring as embodied by St. Francis of Assisi.

Addressing the guests, Christy Stephenson, Interim President & CEO of St. Francis Medical Center said, “In the words of St. Francis of Assisi, ‘Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.’ The continued support and the commitment of persons such as our honorees, Tony and Judy Persichilli, help us bring the words of our patron St. Francis of Assisi to life every day.”

“Tony and I are honored to be the 2014 recipients of the Spirit of St. Francis Award. St. Francis Medical Center’s commitment to community and quality of care is steadfast. We are proud and thankful to the wonderful physicians and nurses who are at the heart of the hospital” Judy Persichilli said while accepting the award with her husband. 

Bishop David M. O’Connell and Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith were the Honorary Chairmen for this year’s gala.  The event was co-chaired by Judy and Bob Rottkamp, Juliana and Wendell Pribila, Michelle and Bob Chiste and Dr. Masoud Rezvan.

With a Downton Abbey theme to the evening, guests portrayed the Roaring 20’s with period dresses, gowns and tuxedoes, a Yorkshire style meal, and a parody of the motivational poster developed by the British government in 1939, just before World War 2, “Keep Calm and Carry On”. A highlight of the evening was the drawing of the SFMC Auxiliary Super 50/50 Raffle with a prize of $19,000. The winner wishes to remain anonymous.

Norma Monaghan, CFRE, President of the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation said, “The event raised a record net of more than $190,000 to benefit St. Francis Medical Center and we are most grateful to the friends of St. Francis Medical Center who choose to support us.  Their continued commitment helps us succeed in our mission to be a transforming, healing presence in the communities that we serve.”

Photo: (L-R)  Bob Rottkamp, Wendell Pribila, Juliana Pribila, Judy Rottkamp,
Dr. Masoud Rezvan, Tony Persichilli, Judy Persichilli, Michelle Chiste, Bob Chiste

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