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A Message From Denise Downey, Auxiliary President

Denise Downey

Dear Members and Friends of The Valley Hospital Auxiliary,

How refreshing it is to breathe in the fall air and with it, the crispness which comes with the season.  Our branches are off to the races so to speak with so many of you arranging and holding “kick-off” meetings in creative and enjoyable outdoor settings.  In addition to your regular branch meetings, various events such as walking tours and other activities are being planned, with safety protocols in place. Your determination and commitment to carrying on within the confines of the current realities are truly inspiring. 

The Central Board has also been hard at work moving ahead with several upcoming events.  First, the annual Tree of Light ceremony under the direction of Mary Seminara and her team will take place virtually, with the link provided to participants on or about December 5.  While we certainly had hoped to hold this event in person, this will have to wait another year.  Our Ways and Means Co-Chairs Elaine Heimberger and Jean Meloro are busy planning a spring event (stay tuned), and of course, the annual golf outing will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022, at The Ridgewood Country Club.  Thanks in advance to the golf committee.  Also, the postponed Valley Ball is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 29, 2022, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  After postponing this event for the past two years, holding the Valley Ball next year will be a much-welcomed return to an annual tradition very much missed.

Finally, ‘tis the season for membership – both renewal and the introduction of the Auxiliary to potential new members.  I have had the honor to attend a few branch meetings where new and potential members were invited to attend.  This provided those who may have an interest in our wonderful organization to learn more about what we do and why. 

How exciting to point to the construction of the new hospital in Paramus and know that we are an important contributor to this project. I am filled with such pride and excitement watching this new hospital building become a reality.  To see the progression of the hospital, update on the funding campaign and an inside look at how the beautiful Alexander’s panels will be incorporated into the new hospital campus head over to The Valley Hospital Foundation’s campaign website

 If you know of anyone interested in learning more about the organization and our current $3.1 million pledge, please contact our Co-Chairs of Membership – Ann Swist and Lisa Beslity, or reach out to our Auxiliary Coordinator, Bonnie Dalal for more specific information on the Auxiliary. 

 Enjoy leaf-peeping and pumpkin patches!

Denise Downey, President, The Valley Hospital Auxiliary

The Valley Hospital Auxiliary was a major catalyst in the founding of the hospital, raising funds and establishing community support years before the hospital opened. Today's Auxiliary, which consists of members from many local communities, remains an integral part of hospital life.

Our Mission

The mission of The Valley Hospital Auxiliary is to:

  • Serve as community liaison for the hospital
  • Assist the hospital through a variety of traditional and non-traditional volunteer services
  • Raise funds for vital hospital programs

Our Pledge

Since its inception, the Auxiliary has helped serve local communities by raising funds for specific healthcare programs and services. To date, the Auxiliary has donated more than $18 million to Valley.

The Auxiliary’s current pledge is to raise $3 million to establish the Pediatric Section of the Emergency Department at The Valley Hospital in Paramus, and $100,000 for Valley Home Care’s endowment for Butterflies, a pediatric in-home palliative and hospice care program for seriously ill children. The Auxiliary may provide additional financial support to other Valley Hospital Auxiliary and Valley Health System initiatives.

Ready to support our pledge? Make a donation today.

Auxiliary Events

The Auxiliary’s events are always the talk of the town! In addition to having a great time, attendees contribute to the Auxiliary’s pledge to support the hospital.

Local branches of the Auxiliary also host fashion shows, guest speakers, raffles, theater trips and more. 

Learn more about our events!

The Valley Hospital Auxiliary Reaches a Milestone in Donations


On behalf of The Valley Hospital Auxiliary, Denise Downey, Auxiliary President, presents David Bohan, Vice President, Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation,  with a check for $150,000.00 toward the Auxiliary’s current $3.1 million pledge.  The Auxiliary donated $350,000.00 to the Foundation this past fiscal year.  Donations made to the Foundation in support of our pledge now total just over $1 million dollars. We thank all those who have contributed to make this happen.