Community Health Partnership Awards $150,000 to Bonnie Brae

The Far Hills Race Meeting Association and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Community Health Partnership recently awarded $150,000 over three years to Bonnie Brae, a comprehensive residential treatment program for youth, located in Liberty Corner. Bonnie Brae’s therapeutic milieu includes clinical, education, health, recreation and work experience interventions to address and heal the trauma, behavioral and substance use issues that disrupt the youths’ ability to remain safely at home and in their communities.

“This gift and this partnership will help us to continue our progress toward our mission of transforming more lives of youth and their families,” said Paul Rieger, Chief Executive Officer, Bonnie Brae.

The funds support therapeutic space at Bonnie Brae’s newly opened Osborne Family Resource Center. In addition, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset will provide professional training and development for the center’s staff, including Hepatitis C, LGBTQIA and diabetes training.

The partnership between the Far Hills Race Meeting Association and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset provided a total of $885,000 in funds to five non-profit organizations which serve northern Somerset County. The funds, which will be disbursed over the course of three years, are awarded through proceeds from the Far Hills Race Meeting and are administered through Somerset Health Care Foundation, the hospital’s fundraising arm. In addition to the funds, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset will support the organizations through professional training and development, community health education, support groups and other health care services.

Along with Bonnie Brae, other recipients included the Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey in Bedminster; LifeCamp in Pottersville; The Arc of Somerset County, and Community in Crisis in Bernardsville.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Located in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a nationally accredited, 341-bed regional hospital providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical, behavioral health and rehabilitative services to central New Jersey residents. As a designated teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the hospital maintains a family medicine residency program with 21 residents.

RWJUH Somerset has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and designation as a “Top Teaching Hospital” by the Leapfrog Group. As the first hospital in New Jersey to offer primary health care services for the LGBTQIA community, RWJUH Somerset has been honored as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJUH Somerset, a clinical research affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

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About Far Hills Race Meeting Association

Far Hills Race Meeting is New Jersey’s premier social and sporting event. For nearly a century, this annual gathering has attracted a large and loyal fan base who return, year after year, to watch the world’s finest steeplechases, reconnect with family and friends, network, support worthy causes and make memories to last a lifetime. Over the years, Far Hills Race Meeting Association has given more than $18 million to support local health-care organizations. With its newly introduced pari-mutuel wagering program, Far Hills Race Meeting—which boasts the largest purses in the industry—is bringing steeplechase racing to new audiences, locally, nationally and globally. For more information, visit