Cooper raises record $2.3M during virtual gala

The Cooper Foundation raised a record $2.3 million recently at its annual Red Hot Gala — a record amount for the event, despite the fact that it was held virtually this year.

Philip Norcross, chairman of the Cooper Foundation board of trustees, said the group was overwhelmed by the generosity during these difficult times.

“While COVID-19 may have prevented us from gathering together in person once again, the pandemic has not dampened the support of our loyal friends,” he said. “It is because of our donors’ unwavering generosity and kindness that we are able to support the lifesaving programs and services at Cooper.”

George Norcross, chairman of the Cooper University Health Care board of trustees, said the event shows the impact the community can have on health care.

“The Cooper Red Hot Gala has raised nearly $20 million in the last decade, thanks to the steadfast support of generous individuals and the business community,” he said. “Funds raised at the Red Hot Gala allow Cooper, the leading academic health system in the region and its only Level 1 Trauma Center, to provide the highest level of care to all we serve.”

Cooper co-CEO Kevin O’Dowd said the generosity shows an appreciation for the profession.

“Funds raised will directly support Cooper team members who have shown incredible bravery, resiliency and skill throughout this pandemic,” he said. “We are inspired and grateful to our team for their service.”