Press Release

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2016
Contact : Marisa Tranchina, Public Relations Specialist  
732-751-5106
MTranchina@meridianhealth.com

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital Raises $140,000 at Superhero Soiree Celebration

Ceremony recognized 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, took place on Friday, April 29 at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, NJ and raised $140,000 for pediatric palliative care. During the event, Kyra Citron, director of the Kid’s Corner at Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF), was presented with the Hometown Hero Award and Charles K. Dadzie, M.D. a pediatric pulmonologist at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, received the Physician Hero Award. The 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,” explained 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 joined the team in 1983. “It is quite humbling to receive the Physician Hero Award,” explained 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 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 at 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 provided 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 honorees exemplify the definition of ‘hero’, selflessly giving of themselves to benefit others. We were delighted to present these well-deserved awards.”

The Superhero Soiree was chaired by Vince and Denise Puma and generously supported by Title Sponsor, The Charles Lafitte Foundation, and Caped Crusader Sponsor, C.R. Bard. To make a donation to the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, contact Jaclyn Lang, development officer, at jmlang@meridianhealth.com or visit MeridianHealth.com/GIVE.    

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.