The Power of Giving

A Message From Theresa Salameno, Auxiliary President

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Dear Auxiliary members and friends,

It’s time to bid farewell to summer and welcome in the fall and with the decrease in Covid-19 infections, we are now able to hold our Executive and Central Board meetings in person. They will remain off-site for the time being but meeting together brings back the camaraderie we missed so much throughout the pandemic. In spite of social distancing, masking, and vaccination requirements, our branches and board members worked tirelessly to hold virtual and outdoor fundraisers and we thank you for all that you were able to accomplish during those two difficult years.

On August 8, 1951, The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood opened its doors and now we look forward to the opening of our new, state-of-the-art Hospital in Paramus in December 2023. This milestone in Valley’s history has instilled the Auxiliary with vigor, planning more events and fundraisers as well as opening a new unaffiliated branch.

We are very proud of this year’s fundraising efforts, Vegas Night, a new in-person fundraiser held in April at the Indian Trail Club, Franklin Lakes, raised $13,396.98 and are planning the next Vegas Night of fun for April 26, 2023. On June 6th, a beautiful sunny day dawned as our 49th Annual Golf Outing took place at Ridgewood Country Club.  It proved to be a spectacular day for the golfers, committee members, and volunteers alike. With the help of everyone involved and the generosity of all our Presenting Sponsors, Tee Sponsors, donors, and our 208 golfers, we raised $199,145.62 towards the Auxiliary pledge. In August, the Employee Branch and the Valley Hospital Foundation held their second very successful Clay Shoot event which netted $64,303.33 

Still to come is our first ever 5K/10K partnership with the Terrie Roemer Paramus Run on October 16th, the Valley Ball to be held at The Plaza on October 29th, and a Special Fall Event on November 14th when Dr. Eric Browner MD will give a presentation about the Pediatric ED in the new hospital.  Last but certainly not least, is our annual Tree of Light Ceremony on December 4th which will be held virtually again this year.

I wish everyone the time to enjoy the wonders of fall, a Happy Halloween and Thanksgiving, and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming fundraisers.

Warm wishes,

Theresa Salameno

President – The Valley Hospital Auxiliary

The Valley Hospital Auxiliary donated $200,000 to The Valley Hospital Foundation at the Auxiliary’s annual luncheon. This donation supports the Auxiliary’s current $3.1 million pledge to the hospital.  Pictured presenting the check to Audrey Meyers, President and CEO Valley Health System are left to right, Jean Meloro, Co-Vice President Ways & Means, Denise Downey, Auxiliary President, Audrey Meyers, Elaine Heimberger, Co-Vice President Ways & Means, and Sandy Carapezza, Executive Director, The Valley Hospital Foundation.  The Auxiliary donated a total of $350,000.00 to The Valley Hospital Foundation this past fiscal year.  Since the pledge began in early 2019, the Auxiliary has donated more than a million dollars. We thank Auxiliary members and friends of The Valley Hospital Auxiliary whose generous donations made this possible. 

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Save the Date!

Sunday, October 16, 2022

 9 a.m. at Fairfield Inn & Suites, Paramus Park

 5K, 10K, Kids Fun Run and Health Walk

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Proceeds benefit the Paramus Scholarship Fund and the Auxiliary’s pledge to establish a dedicated pediatric emergency department in The Valley Hospital in Paramus and the Butterflies program for seriously ill children.

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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.

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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!