Saturday Atlanticare held its 54th Annual Century Club Gala in Atlantic City at the Borgata. Hundreds turned out for this fundraiser and recognition night to show continual support of what some call south jersey's healthcare leader.
"We're here to raise money so that Alanticare can continue the important work that we do in the community, with many of our community gardens, our healthy schools, healthy children programs and all of our worth while programs in our community," says Atlanticare CEO David Tilton.
According to Atlanticare, this event has raised over 500,000 dollars through gala ticket sales and sponsorships. Which David Tilton CEO of Atlanticare says is a vital part of the healthcare organization.
"The dollars that we raised from this event, it will allow us to continue to do very important work in our community. Things that our healthcare system typically wouldn't do. But our work is really about building partnerships and relationships in the community," says Tilton.
The Edward R. Knight award was also presented Saturday to a couple well deserving recipients. Such as Governor Christie who accepted his award via video, for his leadership during Hurricane Sandy. Along with Bill Elliot of the HERO campaign for designated drivers. A program he started in 2000 after his son was killed by a drunk driver.
"The HERO campaign is about people helping its about being designated drivers, and the designated drivers are hero's. So those people who we inspire to be designated drivers are being honored tonight as well," says Elliot.
And Dr. John Becher, for his service and contributions to Atlanticare and the emergency medicine community. Who says some of Altanticare's biggest contributions start with the community.
"Atlanticare is really the healthcare backbone of the community. Their motto is to build healthy communities, not just to treat disease, but to create health for the community," says Becher.