A Message From Theresa Salameno, Auxiliary President

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Dear Auxiliary members and friends,

While preparing for whatever the winter weather has in store, we look forward to a very exciting 2024 ahead of us. April 14 is the opening of The Valley Hospital, Paramus, an amazing milestone in the history of The Valley Hospital and The Valley Hospital Auxiliary. Throughout the year, “Hard Hat” tours have allowed us to see firsthand the state-of-the-art facility take shape and as that date approaches, volunteers are sought for many roles including on the actual moving date.

2024 is also the 80th Anniversary of The Valley Hospital Auxiliary and what was originally known as “The Women’s Auxiliary of The Valley Hospital'' began due to the collective efforts of 36 women from local organizations who elected officers and began formulating plans and programs to support the hospital in Ridgewood before it even opened and we parallel their lead in fundraising and volunteering as we get ready for the grand opening of the new hospital. By 1944, the Auxiliary had grown to 450 members who helped furnish and decorate the hospital, made surgical dressings, and recruited nurses’ aides. It soon became clear that fundraising would be an integral part of The Auxiliary’s mission. The Auxiliary raised $148,000 at the first Valley Ball in 1946, and along with bridge parties, tennis matches, carnivals, and horse and pony shows raised enough to frame, furnish, and equip an entire third floor for the new hospital.

The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood opened on August 8, 1951, and The Valley Hospital, Paramus, will open on April 14, 2024.

From its inception in 1944, The Valley Hospital Auxiliary has raised more than $18,810,000 in pledges to support programs and services at Valley Health Care System. Our current pledge of $3,000,000 for the Pediatric Emergency Department, and $100,000 for Valley Home Cares Butterflies Endowment Program for hospice and palliative care of very sick children, is the largest pledge in the history of The Auxiliary. In November we donated a check in the amount of $400,000 to The Foundation towards our pledge and to date we have raised $2,322,660.51 leaving $767,339.49 to complete our pledge by 2025.

Our year began with a bang in September with our first Members Picnic at The Indian Trail Club which was such a success that it will be back on the calendar for 2024.  On October 13, we partnered for the second time with the Terri Roemer Paramus Run, increasing last year’s sponsorships and runners and raising $15,211.  Central Board held a Beauty Makeup evening at Macy’s raising over $2000.

The Tree of Light Illumination Ceremony, held in person for the first time since 2019, raised over $19,000 and the Adopt-A-Family program raised $12,635.in gift cards for the  Valley Home Cares Butterflies families.

Mahwah, Midland Park/Wyckoff, Allendale, and SRV branches held their first fundraisers of the year and many branches celebrated the Holidays with get-together lunches. 

On the 2024 calendar are more exciting branch events – 

  • The No-Sew Blanket Project, Jan to April ’24, Franklin Lakes Branch; 
  • Mentalist, Dancing, and Music Fundraiser, Feb 2, Allendale Branch; 
  • High Tea, April 11, Oakland Branch;
  • Military Bridge, May, 3, Mahwah Branch 
  • Designer Pocketbook Bingo, June 6, Franklin Lakes Branch. 

From the Central Board,

  • The 3rd Annual Vegas Night May 1 at Seasons, Washington Township; 
  • The Annual Golf Outing on June 3 at the Ridgewood Country Club 
  • The Valley Ball on November 2 at The Lighthouse, Pier 61, NYC.

These amazing Auxiliary accomplishments are due to the support and dedication of its members who still to this day give freely of their time and talents to plan, host, donate, and attend our fundraisers. A big thank you goes to all those who continue to volunteer at the hospital, you may never know the lasting effect you have on patients and their families.

We invite you to join our awesome organization and help us make a difference in the community.

For details of all events and membership information, please contact Bonnie Dalal, Auxiliary Coordinator at [email protected]

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!


Theresa Salameno,

President, The Valley Hospital Auxiliary