Komen North Jersey announces award honorees, including Garrett of HMH, for community service work

Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced on Monday the honorees for its Pink Tie Party, highlighting exemplary individuals who perform outstanding community service-focused work.

The event, Komen said, raises funds for live-saving North Jersey community programs and national research.

This year’s honorees include:

Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, Founders Award honoree, recognizing individuals who have made an impact on health care services in the North Jersey community through a lifetime of effort and commitment.

“Susan G. Komen North Jersey’s community programs are an example of the very best collaboration in our healthcare community. When nonprofits partner with healthcare systems to deliver initiatives that get into the community with education and prevention programs, the entire community benefits. Hackensack Meridian Health will continue to support the programs that emphasize increasing access to that care,” says Bob Garrett.

Amparo Aguirre, a breast health outreach coordinator at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Trailblazer Award honoree, recognizing those who have made an impact on breast cancer awareness, early screening and detection in the NOrth Jersey community.

“I am so honored to receive this award from Komen North Jersey. Saving lives is a privilege that most people don’t have the opportunity to enjoy. Providing education and access to screening, particularly in the Latino Community, is my passion and I am grateful for this opportunity that Komen North Jersey provides,” says Amparo Aguirre.

LAX for the Cure, a girls’ lacrosse tournament, Champion Award honoree. The company was created to meet the ideals of players, parents, clubs and college coaches, with the additional goal of raising funds and awareness to fight breast cancer.

“Our honorees represent the very best in leadership, passion and dedication that gives HOPE to thousands of women and men in North Jersey in need of breast health care or facing a breast cancer diagnosis,” Perla Haltner, acting executive director of Komen North Jersey, said.

The trio will be recognized at Komen North Jersey’s March 21 event being held at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Jersey City.