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Sunday, September 25 2016 @ 11:38 PM EDT

HackensackUMC Foundation Hosts Fifth Annual American Girl Fashion Show

(Hackensack, NJ) They celebrated being a girl, both yesterday and today, through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions. The fifth annual American Girl Fashion Show, with presenting corporate sponsor, Inserra Supermarkets, Inc., was held November 15 and 16 at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC.  Over the past five years more than $500,000 has been raised to benefit the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. 

“It is an honor to once again partner with American Girl Programs to help benefit our children’s hospital,” said Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D., HackensackUMC vice president and chief academic officer and chairman and physician-in-chief of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.  “The efforts of these young girls enables us to further our commitment to provide world-class treatment in the most compassionate environment for each of our pediatric patients.”

HackensackUMC was host to the only American Girl Fashion Show® in northern New Jersey this fall.  The four shows featured 129 girls, ages 6 through 12 modeling costumes provided by American Girl Programs, Inc. The older models were paired with an American Girl® doll wearing a matching costume. They modeled American Girl historical character outfits as well as American Girl Contemporary day and nightwear outfits from the catalogue. The younger girls modeled Bitty Baby outfits while carrying a matching Bitty Baby doll.   As family and friends watched with pride, the girls took the audience through various periods of U.S. history showing how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture and girls’ individual styles.

“The American Girl Fashion Show is a unique way to raise needed funds for our programs and initiatives that help children,” said Kimberly N. Caesar, director of Development, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.  “Throughout the past five years, our goal has been simple; ensure that the girls have the best possible experience and raise a significant amount of money for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.   For the girls and their families, the fashion show creates such special memories and the opportunity to participate in such a worthy cause teaches the girls about the importance of philanthropy.”

The models for the fashion shows were selected during model searches at The Shops at Riverside in July and August. 

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It also received 11 national rankings, and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:www.HackensackUMC.org.  


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