The husband-and-wife founders of Red Bank’s Two River Theater have donated $5 million to kick off a fundraiser for Riverview Medical Center, the hospital’s parent organization announced Thursday. And it’s not the first time, either.
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Spotlight-avoiding donors have dropped $5 million into the coffers of Riverview Medical Center‘s foundation, the latest in a recent series of big-dollar contributions to the Red Bank facility.
Here’s the announcement, issued late Monday afternoon:
By JOHN T. WARD
A Navesink couple is the latest in a string of wealthy donors to write a whopping check to help pay for a new surgical center at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, the hospital announced late Tuesday.
Richard Saker, the third-generation CEO of the Saker ShopRite chain, and his wife, Laura, have donated $1 million to the cause through the business, the hospital reports.
The commitment pushes the hospital’s campaign for the 22,000-square-foor surgery center “well past” its $15 million goal, the nonprofit said in its announcement.
Little more than a week after disclosing it had received a $5 million donation toward a planned $15 million revamping of its operating rooms, Red Banks Riverview Medical Center announced Monday that another $1 million contribution had come in.
The donation, by George and Vita Kolber, of the Locust section of Middletown, will go toward the construction of a new 22,000-square foot “center for surgical excellence” within the exisiting footprint of the Red Bank hospital, officials said.
A $5 million donation by Kolber neighbors Bob & Joan Rechnitz, founders of the Two River Theater Company, is to be used for the same purpose.
Bob Rechnitz, right, with wife Joan and Two River Theater board member Paul Kaylor at Saturday night’s opening of ‘Candida.’ (Click to enlarge)
Riverview officials called it one of the largest single gifts in the hospital’s history, and said a portion of the funds would be used to construct a conference and educational center designed to attract “superior surgeons with niche specialties” to lectures and symposiums.
By JOHN T. WARD
Robert M. Rechnitz, who co-founded Red Bank’s Two River Theater with his wife, Joan, died at his home Saturday, the theater announced Wednesday. He was 89 years old.
By JOHN T. WARD
It’s been a couple of years, literally, in development, and yet the only person who can say when Red Bank’s Triumph Brewing Company might open has been steadfastly mum.
Well, finally, there’s some news.
Karen Reynolds of Environmental Canine Services with Logan, checking out a storm drain in Bangor, Maine. They’re scheduled to participate in a Rally for the Navesink meeting in Red Bank Wednesday, when environmentalists will discuss plans to clean the river of fecal coliform bacteria, an effort that will involve Logan and two other canines trained to sniff out the bacteria to track its source.
By DANIELLE TEPPER
On a calendar full of events dedicated to breast cancer awareness including last Saturday’s Boozin for Boobs Red Bank bar crawl October stands out. With fundraisers for a cure the most common theme, Riverview Medical Center is taking a different route in spreading both awareness and up-to-date information to women.
On Wednesday, the Red Bank institution will host Your Body, Your Health, Your Way, featuring a panel discussion and Q&A with Meridian Cancer Care experts radiologists, oncologists, genetics counselors, and surgeons moderated by Dr. Mark Krasna, medical director of Meridian Cancer. Panelists are expected to speak about the latest developments, treatment options, and medical advances in breast health.
This is my favorite breast event of the year, said Dr. Debra Camal, Medical Director of Breast Programs for Meridian Health, and one of the participating panelists. It is a unique way for us to address questions and situations that come up on an average day in the care of a breast cancer patient.
Two River Theater Company founders Joan and Bob Rechnitz, who donated $5 million last year to a capital campaign for Riverview Medical Center, at the dedication ceremony Wednesday night of a new conference center they helped pay for.
The hall, dubbed the Rechnitz Conference and Education Center, is available for community use, hospital officials said. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)