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52nd Annual Gala: A Tour of Italy

With more than 350 guests in attendance, the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation held its 52nd annual spring gala, A Tour of Italy, at the Hyatt Regency Princeton on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

This year’s honorees were: The First Annual “Physician Healing Hands Award,” presented to Ethan A. Tarasov, MD, The First Annual “Corporate Lighting the Way Award presented to The Hibbert Group, and the prestigious 2015 “Spirit of St. Francis” award was awarded to Mr. Paul R. Langevin and Mr. David L. Knowlton.  These honors are given to individual(s)/organization who reflect the philosophy of caring as embodied by St. Francis of Assisi in the community that we serve. 

In addition, a special Apostolic Blessing by Pope Francis was announced in commemoration of the 141st Anniversary of St. Francis Medical Center.  A very special feature of the evening was the daVinci Si Robot.  Guests were able to operate this very sophisticated machine that St. Francis Medical Center is now utilizing for minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgeries.  

Addressing the guests, Vince Costantino, Chief Administrative Officer of St. Francis Medical Center said, “I see unselfish commitment to our mission by our physicians, nurses and colleagues working tirelessly to make every patient’s experience the very best it can be. And our honorees tonight demonstrate that same commitment to our mission.”

The Honorable Anthony Persichilli and Judith Persichilli were the event co-chairs this year.  “In 1989 it was decided that we should honor those who represent the very spirit of our mission and the first ‘Spirit of St. Francis Award’ was presented to Sr. Catherine Ellen Kearney, OSF,” said Tony Persichilli.  “Twenty-six years later St. Francis Medical Center is still evolving and finding new ways to honor those who have given so much.”

The “Tour of Italy” themed night featured an accordion player, a marketplace filled with fresh flowers, tables decorated to feature the cities of Rome, Assisi and Venice and to top the evening off – Italian ice! A highlight of the evening was the drawing of the SFMC Auxiliary Super 50/50 Raffle with a prize of $17,450. The lucky winner was Mr. Michael Gummel of Ewing, New Jersey.

Norma Monaghan, CFRE, President of the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation said, “The event raised a net of more than $148,000 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 attached:  (L-R)  Tony Persichilli, Judy Persichilli, David Knowlton, Paul Langevin, Ethan Tarasov, MD, Robert Moonan, Tom Moonan and Matt Moonan.

St. Francis Medical Center, a member of CHE Trinity Health, is an acute care teaching hospital recently ranked by Consumer Reports in the top ten hospitals in NJ for safety and number one in Mercer County.  Most noted for its Cardiac Surgery program and the first accredited Stroke Center in the county, St. Francis features regional services including the Heart Hospital, a Regional Cancer Center, a Sleep Disorder Center and an extensive Community Outreach Program.  Partners in care include LIFE St. Francis (Living Independently For Elders) and LifeCare Physicians, PC, which includes Primary Care and Surgery throughout the region. 

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