New Jersey Auto Dealership Honored for Long-Term Support of the Valerie Fund

MAPLEWOOD, NJ–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Valerie Fund was delighted to celebrate its 31stSt Annual Thanksgiving Ball Gala Friday, November 18, 2022 at The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ. This event raised $1.1 million in support of the Valerie Fund. The partnership between The Valerie Fund and the New Jersey franchise dealerships began in 2014, and the support of the dealer community’s fundraisers has been remarkable.

The eight-year partnership has raised nearly $3 million through various initiatives, including the 2021 PSA Sickle Cell Campaign, featuring actress and activist, businesswoman and community volunteer Rosario Dawson as a celebrity spokesperson. The campaign ran last September and coincided with Childhood Cancer Awareness and Sickle Cell Awareness Month.

The Valerie Fund Centers are located at eight pediatric hospitals throughout NJ, NY and the greater Philadelphia area, including Morristown Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and our original location at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ. All of our centers are affiliated with the Children’s Oncology Group, which is recognized as a leader in providing treatment protocols and conducting clinical trials. Supporting organizations like NJ Car and New Jersey’s new car and truck franchises gives our Valerie Fund children access to the latest research in pediatric oncology.

Hundreds of New Jersey franchised auto dealerships have participated in a variety of other fundraising initiatives through New Jersey Auto Retailers Unite Campaign Banner and her efforts have made a lasting impact on the lives of more than 6,000 children suffering from cancer, sickle cell disease and other blood disorders.

The Executive Director of the Valerie Fund, Barry Kirschner said, “We are so grateful for the support of NJ CAR and all of the New Jersey auto and truck dealerships who are helping the Valerie Fund fulfill its important mission of providing individualized care in medical centers close to home. With the help of community partners like the dealerships in New Jersey, we are able to provide not only medical support, but also emotional, social and developmental support and treat the whole child.”

NJ CAR President Jim Appleton shares, “The more than 500 new car dealerships in the New Jersey neighborhood support hundreds of community charities throughout the Garden State and donate nearly $16 million each year to hundreds of worthy organizations in every corner of the state. Partnering with The Valerie Fund shows that these local leaders are always there for those in need. The relationship the dealers had with The Valerie Fund is a testament to the incredible work the Fund is doing to support thousands of children and their families in New Jersey.”

ABOUT THE VALERIE FUND: After their nine-year-old daughter, Valerie, succumbed to cancer in 1976, Sue and Ed Goldstein were determined that no family had to travel long distances to receive excellent medical care. Along with a group of close friends, they began fundraising from their living room—a tireless work that led to the opening of New Jersey’s first pediatric oncology facility at Summit’s Overlook Hospital in 1977.

Forty-five years later, the Valerie Fund’s mission remains to support comprehensive health care for children battling cancer and blood disorders.

For more information, please contact Bunny Flanders, Director of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 973-202-1992.