RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Last week members of Valley Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit took to the runway at the 2nd Annual NICU Fashion Show and Tricky Tray Fundraiser, held at the Westmont Country Club in Woodland Park.
Over 450 people gathered to honor neonatologist Dr. Frank Manginello for his years of service, and view the show put on by the NICU parents, family members, staff and patient graduates.
“I personally have had the honor of working side-by-side with Frank for 25 years,” said Dr. Carmela Pané, Director of Neonatology. “I have seen the magic he has performed and the amazing difference he has made in the lives of so many of our NICU families and at The Valley Hospital.”
Cocktails and a Tricky Tray were on the agenda for the first half of the evening, as the Fashion Show commenced. As the models strolled the runway, Mistress of Ceremonies Fran Miller introduced the stylish ensembles donated by generous community sponsors.
All in all, the evening garnered approximately $33,000 in donations which will be utilized to expand programs and resources in the NICU. The whole affair was made possible by the hard work of the event committee chairs which included hospital staff.
The NICU Family Support Program was developed to build a community that brings together current and past NICU families who can help each other navigate the NICU journey. This program provides information, guidance, support and comfort during the NICU hospitalization, the transition home, and for the years to come.
The mission of the NICU Family Support Program is to incorporate best patient and family principles and practices and ensure quality care that is truly responsive to patient and family needs, priorities, goals and values, and to educate health care professionals and staff on the patient and family’s care experience.