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Patrick Henry, Brent Faecher, residents of Berkeley Heights, help raise $40,000 as members of Overlook Foundation Junior Board

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Patrick Henry, far right, and Brent Faecher, third from right, were two of 12 students from local high schools that served on the board.
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  Two Berkeley Heights residents, Patrick Henry and Brent Faecher, as well as teens from the Overlook community gathered on June 5th, 2017 to award the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Overlook Medical Center with a grant for $40,000. 

Patrick personally raised over $8,000 through an outreach to both corporate and individual sponsors helping the group significantly exceed its goal to help the NICU.

Patrick, the Delbarton representative, said “My time on the board has been great and we learned so much about how a nonprofit board operates. The desire to engage in my own community to help with health care comes directly from the time I spent in Tanzania as apart of the Delbarton BEADS program.” 

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BEADS (Benedictines of East Africa and Delbarton School) is a service project that allows Delbarton students to travel to East Africa to provide important services for Benedictine communities there. In short, we work to improve aspects of the schools, orphanages, and medical centers in the area.

“The Delbarton BEADS program was life changing and has helped me reflect and appreciate my blessings of a great family, attending Delbarton and our great country. Working with the young children and families in Tanzania and seeing their struggle to have access basic health care sparked my desire to engage more in my own community. The Overlook Foundation Junior Board has enabled me to learn and help our community and in particular the infants and children.”

Patrick, raised almost $9,000 last year for the Delbarton BEADS program using the same funding website as the Overlook Foundation Junior Board.

“Serving on the board was an excellent experience and getting to know the other members from different schools was enlightening, as everyone brought a different perspective. I am excited about the future of the Junior Board and I hope to find a deeper link with Delbarton’s community activities, including Delbarton’s work in Tanzania," concluded Patrick.

Overlook Hospital has held a special place in Brent’s family’s heart for many years, and Brent knew that he wanted to get involved as well during his High School years.  He volunteers on weekends as a courier for files, medical equipment, and blood, in addition to escorting discharged patients out to their cars (Mothers and their new babies are his favorite). 

“I always look forward to my days volunteering at Overlook.  Once I found out that I was chosen as Governor Livingston’s representative on the Overlook Foundation Junior Board, I was excited to become an even bigger part of the Overlook Facility.”

“My parents have been involved for years with Overlook’s fundraising efforts, with my Dad serving 6 years on the Foundation Board.  My older brother also volunteered during his High School years.  My Grandfather travels up from Princeton to see a doctor in the Neuroscience Center. But the main reason our family is always looking for ways to “give back” to Overlook is because 22 years ago the hospital saved my older brother’s life.  He got very sick when he was only nine days old and the expertise and superior skills of the doctors and nurses on staff that night were able to stabilize him.  This is just one example of how lucky we are to have such an excellent facility, attracting top doctors and securing cutting edge equipment and procedures, right in our own neighborhood.”

The Junior Board experience for Brent was immeasurable.  “It taught me the importance of philanthropy, with numerous experienced speakers giving personal advice.

 “It was a truly eye-opening experience to learn about the lasting effects of philanthropy and volunteering.  I was able to step outside my teenage, high school life and actually feel like I was making a difference.  I participated in local fundraising efforts at restaurants like Chipotle to raise money for our chosen target gift – bili-blankets for the NICU.” I was honored to be a part of this great experience!

The board includes juniors from Chatham HS, Delbarton School, Kent Place, Millburn HS, Montclair Kimberley Academy, New Providence High School, Newark Academy, Oak Knoll School, Oratory Prep, Pingry, Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS and Summit HS.

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