Press Release

For Immediate Release
Apr 6, 2016
Contact : Marisa Tranchina, Public Relations Specialist  

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital to Host Annual Superhero Soiree

Ceremony to recognize Kyra Citron of Charles Lafitte Foundation with “Hometown Hero Award” and Charles K. Dadzie, M.D., pediatric pulmonologist with “Physician Hero Award”

Neptune, NJ - The annual Superhero Soiree, hosted by K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, will take place on Friday, April 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, NJ. During the event, Kyra Citron, director of the Kid’s Corner at Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF), will be presented with the Hometown Hero Award and Charles K. Dadzie, M.D. a pediatric pulmonologist at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, will receive the Physician Hero Award. The Hometown Hero awards are presented annually to honor philanthropists and leaders in the community for outstanding service to others in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

“It is an incredible honor to accept the Hometown Hero Award from K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital,” explains Kyra Citron. “My parents raised me to give back, so from a young age, helping others has been a passion of mine. I hope that through this award and my work with the CLF, I can inspire others to help make a difference.”

In Kyra’s role as director of the Kid’s Corner at the Charles Lafitte Foundation, she motivates kids to help themselves and other kids lead healthy, satisfying, and enriched lives.

Charles K. Dadzie, M.D. is one of the founding fathers of K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. He came to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in 1982 to deliver a speech about respiratory failure in children and ended up joining the team in 1983. “It is quite humbling to receive the Physician Hero Award,” explains Charles K. Dadzie, M.D. “I’ve been a part of the Jersey Shore team for over 30 years and have always been motivated by the philanthropic community leaders who have helped shape K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. It’s a true honor to be recognized among this highly regarded group.”

Each year, proceeds from the Superhero Soiree benefit K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, ensuring the most advanced, compassionate care from birth. All funds raised during this year’s event will be dedicated to strengthening pediatric palliative care for children and their families with chronic illnesses and life-threatening medical conditions. The goal of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is to add life to the child’s years, not simply years to the child’s life.

“The Superhero Soiree provides an ideal opportunity to honor Kyra Citron and Dr. Charles Dadzie,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “Both award recipients exemplify the definition of ‘hero’, selflessly giving of themselves to benefit others. We’re delighted to present these well-deserved awards.”

The Superhero Soiree is generously supported by our Title Sponsor, The Charles Lafitte Foundation, and our Caped Crusader Sponsor, C.R. Bard. Tickets are $250 each, and sponsorship and virtual advertising opportunities are also available. For more information or to make a reservation, please call Michelle Casserly, special events officer, at 732.751.5112 or by e-mail You can also register online by visiting

About K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center:
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is the first and most comprehensive provider of pediatric care in Monmouth and Ocean counties. At the heart of Meridian Pediatric Network, the hospital includes a pediatric emergency department and acute care units supported by over 100 pediatric sub-specialists working together with community pediatricians to deliver the most complete, most coordinated care for kids in our communities. Whether it’s complex surgery or treatment for a chronic condition, the team of physicians, nurses and caregivers at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital treats each child as one of their own in a friendly and convenient setting, close to home. For more information about K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit