PARAMUS, NJ - Greek life organizations have a long history of incorporating philanthropic work into their missions. Krista Klie, a recent graduate of Montclair University and the Community Relations and Engagement Chair of the Young Professionals Group at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Foundation, saw the connection immediately. She knew she needed to reach out again to her Sisters at Phi Sigma Sigma to raise money for gifts for the long term care residents at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. They first banded together in March at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, raising $978 for the Bergen New Bridge Healthcare Heroes.
Upon hearing of this, the Brothers of Theta Xi approached Krista asking how they too could support the Foundation. Krista took that message to the Foundation’s Executive Director who shared that the patients on the Medical Center’s Children's Crisis Intervention Services Unit were in need of holiday cheer. The sorority and fraternity created a virtual campaign, engaging in fundraising campaigns to raise money for ‘Gifts for Grandma and Grandpa’ and ‘Holiday Cheer for Children’. The ‘Holiday Cheer for Children’ campaign raised $1000 and ‘Gifts for Grandma and Grandpa’ raised $2800 and included 400 handmade holiday cards. Both organizations exceeded their goals and are looking forward to working with Bergen New Bridge on future projects that make a difference locally.
From mid-November to early December, the fraternity and the sorority chapter promoted a donation link on their various social media pages in a race to raise money for their charitable cause. There was no trophy at the end of this competition—just the knowledge and satisfaction that they were assisting those in need during this unprecedented time. The real winners, of course, were the patients and long-term care residents at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, New Jersey’s largest hospital and a not-for-profit safety-net facility.
Meg Flood, President of Phi Sigma Sigma said, “I’m glad my sorority was able to make the holiday season brighter for the long-term care residents at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. I’m extremely happy with the results from the fundraiser and glad we were also to make cards for them as well. I’m thankful to have been a part of this and I hope everyone enjoys the holiday season!”
Christian Penney, President of Theta Xi said, “Taking care of one’s mental health is something I value immensely. Sadly, the pandemic has really taken a toll on many people’s mental health which is why my brothers and I were so excited to have the opportunity to give back to these children.” He added, “Krista Klie was a huge help in coordinating and affording us this amazing opportunity. She answered every question I had and was there for us every step of the way. We really look forward to working with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center to keep helping those who really need it.”
“I am so impressed with the efforts and genuine caring for our patients and residents demonstrated by the Sisters from Phi Sigma Sigma and the Brothers of Theta Xi,” Said Deborah Visconi, President and CEO of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.” She added, “We truly appreciate all they have done to brighten the holidays for those in our care.”
The Young Professional Group of Bergen New Bridge Medical Foundation is dedicated to creating long-lasting community engagement and involvement. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a young professional, please contact James McNerney at McNerneyJ@mcbridecorpre.com. If you are a Greek life organization or college club/organization and would like to get involved, please contact Krista Klie at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundation Supporting Bergen New Bridge Medical Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation (Federal ID# 22-3135663) founded in 1991 as the fundraising arm of the Medical Center. A healthy medical center is vital to a healthy community. We’re all about health. Yours and our hospitals. We help advance the efforts of Bergen New Bridge by raising the financial resources to enhance the campus, support innovation, and fund programs for the communities we serve. The Mission of the Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for those served by Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. Support educational programs for professionals, consumers, and caregivers educating the community about health issues and services available at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and to secure philanthropic gifts that will advance the mission and strategic objectives of Bergen New Bridge Medical Center