Trinitas Foundation’s annual gala celebrates heroes

Trinitas Foundation’s annual gala, “Trinitas Heroes,” was held last month at the Venetian in Garfield. Thanks to the generosity of guests and supporters, the foundation netted more than $450,000, a successful return to an in-person event after two years of virtual galas.

The Infernos played dance music and were joined by surprise guest Joe Piscopo, who performed his own rendition of Sinatra’s classic reimagined as “New Jersey, New Jersey,” while guests enjoyed cocktail hour and a five-course dinner.

Guests participated in Trinitas’ famous silent auction, “Pick-A-Prize” game and a 50/50 cash raffle. The award portion of the evening honored Andrea and Vic Richel and the Richel Family Foundation with this year’s Humanitarian Award, while the Hackett Family received the Celebrating Philanthropy Award.

“We are delighted to be back in person for this year’s gala, celebrating all of our Trinitas Heroes,” Laura Ciraco, vice president and chief development officer of the Trinitas Foundation, said. “Through the heroic generosity and ongoing support of our honorees, employees and guests, Trinitas is poised to change a community’s health for lifetimes to come with the opening of our state-of-the-art Interventional Radiology Suite that will bring world-class diagnostic and surgical care to the people of Elizabeth.”

“Trinitas is a haven for the impoverished and working poor people of the greater Elizabeth Region. Through these program expansions, Trinitas is able to offer superior care to the patients and the community we serve,” Gary Horan, CEO and president of Trinitas Regional Medical Center RWJBarnabas Health, said.