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Recent Events

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

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.  

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,” 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 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 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 was chaired by Vince and Denise Puma and generously supported by our Title Sponsor, The Charles Lafitte Foundation, and our Caped Crusader Sponsor, C.R. Bard.

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Anyone can hold a community fundraiser! Whether you are a company executive, student, parent, sports enthusiast or a community group: our supporters come from all walks of life. What do they have in common? They all want to help kids at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. By registering your event with us, our team will help your idea become a reality. 

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