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October 2010


WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – New Jersey’s own Joe Piscopo is scheduled to appear at Community Blood Services’ 5th Annual Trustees’ Gala to be held Friday, October 15th.

Tickets and sponsorships are now available to the black-tie event to be held from 7 p.m. to 12 midnight at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton, 200 Tice Boulevard.

Mr. Piscopo is scheduled to present Humanitarian awards to a stem cell transplant recipient and her “mystery” volunteer donor who will meet for the first time at the elegant event. Born in Passaic and a graduate of West Essex High School, Mr. Piscopo starred for four seasons on the popular TV show Saturday Night Live before taking on a variety of roles in films and television.

This year’s Gala will include an elegant cocktail hour, fine dining, dancing to the music of “The Somers Dream Orchestra,” as well as a tricky tray and 50-50 raffle.

A new and exciting element of the evening will be “A Night on Ice Auction” where diamonds and gems will sparkle in champagne. Everyone will get the chance to guess which glasses hold the genuine stones, which have been generously donated by the Diamond Exchange of Paramus and Amir Jewelers of Washington Township.

During this special evening, Community Blood Services, which provides blood and blood products for transfusion and transplant throughout the New Jersey/New York region and around the world, will present awards for outstanding service and commitment to saving lives through the work of Community Blood Services:


  • BD, Franklin Lakes, N.J.
  •      Tom Polen, President, Preanalytical Systems


  • John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, N.J.
  •      Scott D. Rowley, M.D., Chief, Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program
         Michele L. Donato, M.D., Collection Facility Director

  • Daniel and Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center, The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, N.J.
  •      Robert J. Korst, M.D., Medical Director, Director of Thoracic Surgery
         Benjamin E. Lee, M.D., Attending Thoracic Surgeon


  • A donor whose lifesaving stem cells helped save a local woman’s life
  • The recipient of those stem cells who is now an advocate for blood and stem cell donations
  • Roger P. Kierce, M.D., FACOG, Chairman, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Paterson, N.J.

Individual tickets can be purchased at $250 each. Community groups, businesses and others are encouraged to also purchase tables of 10 in support of Community Blood Services’ lifesaving mission. To purchase tickets or a sponsorship ad in the Gala’s online Event Journal, please contact Arleen Kearns, Foundation assistant, at [email protected] or 201-705-1622 or go to www.cbsfoundationgala.com.

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit The HLA Registry at Community Blood Services, which recruits volunteer bone marrow and stem cell donors for patients in need of lifesaving transplants. The HLA Registry is the largest non-governmental donor center in the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). In 2009, the HLA Registry matched its donors with 75 transplant patients worldwide, 20 of whom were younger than the age of 20.

For more than 50 years, Community Blood Services, a not-for-profit organization whose headquarters are in Oradell, has been collecting, testing and distributing blood and blood products from volunteer community donors to over 30 hospitals throughout New Jersey and New York. In addition to The HLA Registry, Community Blood Services also operates both public (the New Jersey Cord Blood Bank) and private (Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program) umbilical cord blood banks.

The 2010 Gala Committee includes Chair, John Uzzi; Jennifer Farrington of BD; and Volunteers Mary Davey; Anthony Fasciano, DMD; Lisa Grossman; Jennifer Wilkes; Brittany Cerbie; Karen Ferriday; Arleen Kearns; Donna McMackin; Vernon Reed; Stanley Siegel; MaryAnn Siniscalchi; Lynne Warshaw; and Kathy Young

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