St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children raised more than $860,000 to help the critically injured and ill kids they take care of during their annual Tribute Dinner on Monday, Dec. 12. This marked the annual event’s return for the first time since before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
The $860,000 raised will go toward supporting essential programs and services for the most critically ill and injured children in New York.
The Hunter Roberts Construction Group was also honored at the event for their support of St. Mary’s. Hunter Roberts Construction Group Senior Vice President Operations Manager Brian Aronne and Project Executive Theresa Herrmann were on hand to represent the company.
Attendees of the event included top executives from the construction, financial services and real estate industries, along with other business leaders and philanthropists who have shown dedication to supporting children with special needs and advancing pediatric healthcare. The Tribute Dinner was co-chaired by Jeffrey Levine of Douglaston Development Levine Builders and Vincent Riso of the Briarwood Organization.
“We are thrilled to finally be able to welcome our community back to celebrate this special evening in-person,” St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children President and CEO Dr. Edwin Simpser said. “We are grateful to Hunter Roberts Construction Group with Brian Aronne, senior vice president operations manager, and Theresa Herrmann, project executive, for their philanthropic support and ongoing dedication to ensuring St. Mary’s can continue to provide the highest level of care to New York’s children.”
For more than 150 years, St. Mary’s has served children in New York, acting as New York City’s only center for pediatric long-term and rehabilitative care. Through its Bayside in-patient hospital facility, St. Mary’s provides a continuum of care to children with medically complex conditions. Additionally, they also provide community programs and home care services.
The funds raised through philanthropic events like this Tribute Dinner are vital in helping St. Mary’s continue to work toward changing the lives of the children they help, as well as their families. According to St. Mary’s, over 90% of their patients require a level of care that exceeds what their families can afford and what Medicaid is able to cover.
St. Mary’s Healthcare System is one of only a handful of organizations in the United States that is dedicated to providing intensive rehabilitation, specialized care and education to children who have special needs and life-limiting conditions.