More than $100,000 raised to enhance facilities, equipment and services at community’s premiere hospital
It was a perfect pairing of gourmet, signature dishes and exquisites wine. Add to that enthusiastic community support for advancing healthcare for residents in Rockland and Orange counties.
Nearly 300 community members wined, dined and celebrated together on November 8 at Good Samaritan’s 5th Annual Corks & Forks, a Celebration of Food and Wine at the Paramount Country Club in New City, NY. A limited number of seats were available, and the event was sold out.
Tessa Garcia of The Journal News and Marc Newman of Palm Bay International co-chaired the event which featured the region’s most celebrated chefs and wine aficionados. The five-course dinner was donated and prepared by Chef Doug Nguyen of Wasabi in Nyack; Chef Jose David Martinez of UNION Restaurant in Haverstraw, Chef Kevin Reilly of Roost Restaurant, Sparkill, Chef Peter X. Kelly of Xaviars Restaurant Group; and Pastry Chef Didier Dumas of Didier Dumas Patisserie, Nyack.
Live and silent auctions had hands raised and heads turning as guests bid on vacation getaways, golf weekends, gourmet experiences, wine tastings and more.
Palm Bay International was the exclusive wine partner of the event and The Journal News was Good Samaritan’s media partner. Marc Newman, regional sales director of Palm Bay International, was master of ceremonies. Megan McCaffrey, food & wine editor of The Journal News and Lohud.com was the special guest.
Mary P. Leahy, CEO, Bon Secours Charity Health System notes the importance of community and events such as this in supporting the hospital. “As a premier hospital, we are determined to be the best we can in all we do. It’s our goal to provide the finest medical care through every service we deliver and every interaction we have with patients and their families,” she says. “Proceeds from Corks &
Forks will help us enhance these patient programs and services at Good Samaritan Hospital.”
Chair of the Good Samaritan Foundation Harold J. Peterson adds, “For the past five years, this delightful event has supported important initiatives at Good Samaritan Hospital. That tradition continues tonight. Friends and chefs have offered their time, talent and treasures to help make our hospital better every day.”