In 2003, the Foundation joined with the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund (RNS) to raise funds for local patients with cancer and heart disease. RNS is an “all volunteer organization” that provides funding for facilities and equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and heart disease for patients in Southeastern New Jersey. Since 1961, RNS has raised over $10 million to fund programs, services, and equipment purchases for hospitals in the region.
The Foundation sponsors an annual Golf Classic that benefits local charitable organizations. Since 2003, the Foundation has contributed over $435,000 to these organizations.
Gilda’s Club is another local organization that has made a significant and positive impact on our community, through the various programs and support groups offered. Gilda’s provides both the social and emotional support needed for anyone touched by cancer.
Over the years, the Foundation has developed a great relationship with Gilda’s Club and has supported various events sponsored by Gilda’s including the monthly community lecture series. Several AMI employees now volunteer at Gilda’s Club.
In 2007, the Foundation extended its support of Gilda’s Club and committed to support the Noogieland program. Noogieland, named after the noogies that Bill Murray gave to Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live, is both the program name and play area for children and teens. Noogieland is a support program for children, who are cancer survivors, and their families. It is a venue for children and their families to come together, talk about their cancer experience, and receive support from experienced counselors and other family members that are experiencing the same issues.
This year, the Foundation held its 12th Annual Pink Ribbon Golf Classic. The event raised $10,000, bringing the Foundation’s total contributions to $435,000.
The Foundation’s Annual Images of Springtime Fashion Show & Luncheon raised funds for local
charitable organizations. Recipients included Gilda’s Club South Jersey, the Alcove Center for
Grieving Children & Families, the ARC of Atlantic County and The Charity League of Atlantic County.
For the annual Tools for Schools Drive, the Foundation collected much-needed supplies to fill
backpacks for less advantaged children throughout the area. To date, AMI has delivered over
1,700 book bags to help these students prepare for their school year.
The Annual Food Drive and Toys for Tots event have also proven to be very successful for the
Foundation, resulting in the donation of 2,000 pounds of contributions for the local food bank
and hundreds of toys for needy children this holiday season.
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