Virtual Tree of Light Illumination Ceremony

Virtual Tree of Light Illumination Ceremony


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A Message From Denise Downey, Auxiliary President

Denise Downey

Dear Auxiliary Members and Friends,

As peak leaf season is now behind us and the holidays are fast approaching, I want to take this opportunity to express thanks. First, to all of our Auxiliary members, branch and board officers: You have continued the tradition of community advocacy, volunteerism and fundraising amid a most difficult climate. Despite the inconvenience and unconventionality of speaking online, we have remained connected and involved. Many of you participated in ad hoc meetings over the summer to plan upcoming virtual events, the most recent of which was the very successful Very Virtual Valley Fall Fest. Thanks to the amazing efforts of our co-chairs, presenters, generous sponsors, donors and participants in the virtual silent auction, we expect to approach our goal for this event of $200,000. As we were unable to hold our in-person events this year, the Fall Fest was the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts for 2020. I would also like to thank all of our guest speakers and auctioneer for your support. It really made the difference!

Continuing our longstanding tradition of the Tree of Light, this ceremony will take place virtually and is scheduled for December 13. What a beautiful way to pay tribute to or honor someone special in our lives and at the same time, support the Auxiliary’s pledge to improve the health and well-being of children in our community. All donations of a tree light or reflecting pool votive will be listed in the Tree of Light Tribute Book, and donors will receive an email link to view the Virtual Ceremony and Tribute Book.  

Thank you again for all you do on behalf of the Auxiliary. I wish you a healthy and happy holiday season and new year.  

Happy Holidays,

- 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. 

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Recent Events 

Auxiliary check presentation 11/20/20
Denise Downey, Auxiliary President, presents a $200,000 donation check to David Bohan, VP & Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation, for the VHA’s $3.1 million pledge. These funds were raised during The Very Virtual Valley Fall Fest.