Nov 29, 2020 Helping Neighbors Stay Healthy

Make a meaningful difference for the community with a gift in your will. 

Marguerite D’Esposito, 83, of Belleville, recently had a stay in the Transitional Care Unit (TCU) of Clara Maass Medical Center following a procedure. What sticks with her most about the event is the care she received.

“The TCU is wonderful because of the personalized care provided,” she says. “The nurses are so caring and kind, and I know that they have a difficult job.”

After she returned home, Marguerite changed her will to dedicate a portion of her estate to Clara Maass Medical Center, with some of the donations earmarked for the TCU and the rest for the medical center in general.

“I wanted to support Clara Maass so it continues to have what it needs to provide comfort and care to patients,” Marguerite says.

And that, in a nutshell, is the experience of many who choose to give a gift in their will to Clara Maass Medical Center.

“These donors understand that in giving to Clara Maass Medical Center, they are helping to keep their neighbors healthy,” says Celeste A. Oranchak, Vice President, Foundation and Development, for Clara Maass Medical Center.

Some people choose to give to an area of personal interest, such as cardiology or cancer care. Others choose to donate to nursing scholarships or awards for employee excellence.

“Many programs rely on philanthropy to improve and sustain an extraordinary level of care,” Oranchak explains.

Bequests of any size can make a difference.

"We have seen all types of legacy gifts have a significant impact,” says Greg Ellmer, Vice President, Gift Planning, for RWJBarnabas Health. “One person’s gift can really make things better for a whole community.”

Making a charitable bequest can be as simple as adding a line to your will.

“We understand that making a bequest is not something that gets decided quickly or casually,” Oranchak says. “Know that you can give us a call and we’ll be happy to have a conversation about what works best for you.”

Football Fun Raises Funds

David Diehl

This summer, the first-ever Clara Maass Medical Center Sports Panel, held on August 17, replaced our beloved annual Golf Invitational. Hosted by former New York Giant David Diehl (pictured at right) and Mike Garafolo, NFL host and analyst for the NFL Network, the event gave participants the chance to get the inside scoop on the upcoming NFL season and have their questions answered live. Proceeds from sponsors and donors support the critical needs of our hospital’s health care heroes.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Invitational Hero

  • Prismatic Development Corporation

Healthcare Hero

  • Nanina’s in the Park/The Park Savoy/Park Château Estate & Gardens

Frontline Heroes

  • Clara Maass Medical Staff
  • Hudson, Inc.
  • W.J. Post, Inc.

Safety Heroes

  • Daniel and Harriet Freed Foundation
  • FT Associates, LLC
  • Peckar & Abramson, PC
  • Rendina Development Company of America, LLC

Community Heroes

  • Salvatore Cocco, Jr./ Beacon Wealth Partners
  • County Graphics Business Solutions
  • Interstate Drywall Corp.
  • One-on-One with Steve Adubato
  • PSE&G
  • Brian and Linda Sterling

Compassionate Heroes

  • Bullet Communications, Inc.
  • The Cardiovascular Care Group
  • Carpet et Cetera
  • Gaccione & Pomaco, PC
  • Hellman Electric Corporation
  • New Jersey Cardiology Associates
  • NJ Pure
  • NJ Spine and Wellness
  • Phoenix Medical Construction
  • Vasios, Kelly, & Strollo, PA


  • American Bistro
  • Bank of America
  • Andrea Barbier, DO, and Anthony Gagliano
  • Edward Leske Company
  • Garfunkel Wild, PC
  • Job Haines Home
  • Frank Mazzarella, MD
  • Susan Hagen Morrison, MD, PA
  • NJM Insurance Group
  • Belleville/Nutley Park ShopRite
  • William H. Connolly & Co., LLC
  • Women Physicians of Clara Maass Medical Center

To learn more about making a bequest to Clara Maass Medical Center, call (973) 450-2277 or visit