AtlantiCare raises $600K at gala for behavioral health services

As part of its continuing effort to support behavioral health services, the AtlantiCare Foundation recently raised more than $600,000 at its 63rd annual Century Club Gala.

AtlantiCare Behavioral Health offers a wide variety of mental health, addiction recovery and family care social services across 17 locations in southeastern New Jersey.

Funding has helped support the hiring of peer recovery specialists and covering startup costs for a new pain management program, provided funding for transportation assistance for those in need. It also has supported individuals and their families in their health journeys.

CEO Michael Charlton spoke about the importance of donors and how they intend to operate.

“The AtlantiCare Foundation and the support of our donors have been vital to our past achievements and are imperative to our future success,” he said. “By enhancing access and excellence in critical health services like behavioral health, we are improving the quality of life for over 1 million residents in our service area. Our promise is to ensure that everyone, regardless of their circumstances, has access to outstanding care close to home.”

The event was held last Saturday at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. Over 650 attended, with the theme being “Year of the Dragon.”

Fernando Delasotta and the late Richard Mairone were honored at the event, both receiving the 2024 Edward R. Knight Award.

Board Chair David Goddard expressed gratitude for their dedication and service.

“Both individuals, Dr. Delasotta and Richard Mairone, have made countless contributions to the health and welfare of our community. It is a pleasure to honor two people who, through their life’s work, have done much to reflect Dr. Knight’s dedication to community service,” Goddard said.

The AtlantiCare Foundation was established in 1977 and is committed to improving health outcomes by investing in areas such as food security and the promotion of healthy behaviors to moms, babies and school-aged youth, mental health services and access to quality health care for underserved communities.

The foundation has also been instrumental in the construction of new facilities, and the addition of cutting-edge treatment and wellness programs at AtlantiCare. With the addition of the funds raised at this gala, the AtlantiCare Foundation is more than halfway to its annual goal of $5 million in community impact.