This year’s honorees: Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, Crothall Healthcare & Morrison Healthcare Food Services, and N.J. Burkett

ELIZABETH, NJ - Almost 500 guests attended the Trinitas Health Foundation’s annual Gala with the theme “Committed to Caring” on Thursday, May 9 held at the Venetian in Garfield. 

Hospital officials said guests donated more than $200,000 to renovate rooms for Behavioral Health patients, and with the help of guests and supporters, the Foundation netted more than $705,000, making it the most successful gala in the history of Trinitas.

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Guests participated in both a Silent Auction and Live Auctions, the “Pick-a-Treasure” and “Tricky Tray” tables, and a 50/50 cash raffle. They also danced to the music of Tim McCloone and the Shirleys, while enjoying the cocktail hour and dinner. 

The award portion of the evening honored Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery with the “Humanitarian Award,” while representatives from Crothall Healthcare & Morrison Healthcare received the “Celebrating Philanthropy Award.” N.J. Burkett, WABC Eyewitness News reporter, and Elizabeth native was presented with the “Outstanding Friend of Trinitas Award.”

“We couldn’t be any happier about the results of this year’s gala,” said Nadine Brechner, Chief Development Officer and Vice President of the Trinitas Health Foundation. “Once again, Behavioral Health is our benefactor and we have our honorees, employees, and guests to thank for their ongoing support. It means so much to us that so many people are willing to give so generously and show so much compassion for our cause, which is always our patients.”

Trinitas provides inpatient, outpatient, mobile and day programs for adults and children with behavioral health, psychiatric and addiction/substance abuse issues. In addition to operating a 98-bed inpatient facility, the New Point campus is the site of almost 200,000 outpatient behavioral health visits annually. Trinitas is the only hospital in the state with programs, both inpatient and outpatient, for adults and children and inpatient programs for those who are dually diagnosed with both a mental illness and a developmental disability.

“The renovations will enhance the experience of thousands of patients who rely on our services to get the help they need to live happy, productive lives,” said Brechner, who has already begun planning the 20th-anniversary gala set for Thursday, May 14, 2020.

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N.J. Burkett receiving the first Outstanding Friend of Trinitas Award

Jill Sawers, Board Chair Trinitas Health Foundation; Gary S. Horan, President & CEO Trinitas Regional Medical Center; N.J. Burkett, WABC-TV News Correspondent; Vic Richel, Vice Chair Trinitas Regional Medical Center; Nadine Brechner, VP & Chief Development Officer Trinitas Health Foundation. is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @TAPElizabeth. 

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