Casino Night Unites Residents to Support Palisades Medical Center Foundation

On August 23, more than 200 local residents helped transform The Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen into a Las Vegas-style casino during the Palisades Medical Center Auxiliary's 6th Annual Casino Night. The special fundraising event generated nearly $20,000 to support the Palisades Medical Center Foundation.

The event was planned and organized by the Palisades Medical Center Auxiliary, a team of dedicated volunteers that works throughout the year to develop fundraising activities that support Palisades.

In the photos...

Congressman Albio Sires; Azzam Baker, MD, of Riverside Pediatrics Group, Inc.; Bruce J. Markowitz, President and CEO of Palisades Medical Center; and Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner.

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Nancy Boden, Chair of the Palisades Medical Center Auxiliary, presents an iPad 2 winning raffle prize to North Bergen resident Iris Poggi.

Casino Night attendees enjoyed an exciting night of gambling, raffle drawings, and plenty of great food and spirits. Casino Night table games included Blackjack, Texas Hold 'Em, Poker, Craps, Roulette and the Money Wheel. Entertainer Jason Nazzaro added to the Casino-style atmosphere by performing Frank Sinatra classics. Presenting sponsors for Casino Night included Benzel Busch, Audi Meadowlands, MTM Resources, Ambulatory Center for Endoscopy, New York Waterway, and United Water.

"We are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by residents, businesses and community leaders who truly care about Palisades Medical Center and support its efforts to care for our neighbors," said Nancy Boden, Chair of the Palisades Medical Center Auxiliary and resident of North Bergen. "Thanks to their support, our Casino Night event has become one of the most popular fundraising events in our area."

About Palisades Medical Center

Palisades Medical Center is located in North Bergen, NJ, and serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and Southern Bergen Counties. The non-profit Medical Center is affiliated with the Hackensack University Health Network, and it features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center. Palisades is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,300 employees and it has an annual operating budget of approximately $150 million. The State of New Jersey's annual healthcare report card ranked Palisades as one of the top hospitals in the state and #1 in Hudson County. Palisades was also one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to receive a perfect 100% score in treating heart attack patients. The State's annual evaluation showed that The Harborage at Palisades has "Zero Deficiencies" for the third consecutive year. For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit

About the Palisades Medical Center Foundation

The Palisades Medical Center Foundation gathers support from local residents, businesses and other organizations to enable Palisades Medical Center and the Harborage to upgrade facilities, expand services, and establish greater contact with the community. For more information or to support the Palisades Medical Center Foundation, please call (201) 854-5008 or visit