Nearly $4 million raised for 13th Annual Cooper Red Hot Gala

The Cooper Foundation has raised nearly $4 million for its 13th Annual Red Hot Gala, setting a new record for Cooper. The Gala is being held tonight, September 22nd at the TRIAD1828 CENTER on the Camden waterfront with the announcement to be made by George E. Norcross III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cooper University Health Care and MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, and Philip A. Norcross, Esq., Chairman of The Cooper Foundation Board.

More than 975 guests are attending this year’s event, which is dedicated to Bernard and Shirlee Brown, on behalf of their children and presenting sponsors Sidney and Sandy Brown, Jeff and Tracy Brown, Anne E. Koons, and the family businesses, NFI and Vineland Construction Company.

“The Brown and Koons families have been committed and loyal supporters of Cooper and The Cooper Foundation for many years. We honor the generosity of their parents, Bernard and Shirlee, who instilled a strong sense of philanthropy in their children,” said Philip A. Norcross, Esq., Chairman of The Cooper Foundation Board. “Because of this shared generosity, Cooper has been the grateful recipient of significant gifts over the years from the family foundations, which have funded vital medical and community programs.”

“As Cooper rounds off its 136th year, we look to the future with an unprecedented $2 billion Camden campus expansion that will transform Cooper and the community,” said George E. Norcross III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cooper University Health Care and MD Anderson at Cooper. “We are also focused on bringing Cooper’s trademark clinical innovation and expertise to more communities in South Jersey and beyond, including a new hi-tech ambulatory complex opening soon in Moorestown and a historic merger with Cape Regional Health System.”

“Due to the generosity of so many individuals, the Cooper Red Hot Gala has raised nearly $25 million since its inception. We are incredibly honored by the community’s unwavering support for Cooper University Health Care and The Cooper Foundation,” said Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD, co-CEO of Cooper.

“Knowing that we have the backing of so many supporters, our teams are inspired to do great things,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-CEO of Cooper. “We are thankful for the commitment and generosity of our supporters, for believing in Cooper and trusting us to deliver the best health care in the region.”

About The Cooper Foundation

The Cooper Foundation serves as the philanthropic, community outreach and community development arm of Cooper University Health Care, one of the largest health systems in southern New Jersey with over 100 outpatient offices and its flagship, Cooper University Hospital located in Camden, N.J. Learn more and donate at

About Cooper University Health Care

Cooper University Health Care, with its MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and affiliation with Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, is a leading academic health system. Cooper has nearly 10,000 team members including 1,600 nurses, and more than 900 employed physicians and 450 advanced practice providers. Cooper University Hospital has been recognized as a top-performing regional hospital by U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Hospitals annual survey and has an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.

Cooper has revenues of more than $2 billion and has an “A-” rating from S&P Global Ratings and “A3” rating from Moody’s Investors Service. Cooper University Hospital is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in South Jersey and the busiest in the region.  Nearly two million patients are served annually at Cooper’s 663-bed flagship hospital, outpatient surgery center, three urgent care centers, and more than 100 ambulatory offices throughout the community. Cooper has been named as one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes for three consecutive years.

The Cooper Health Sciences campus in Camden, New Jersey, is home to Cooper University Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Visit to learn more.

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