Links for Life Raises $38,000 for Cancer Center at SOMC

Daughters Organized in Memory of Late Mother
By Maria Scandale | Nov 13, 2019
Courtesy of: Hackensack Meridian Health

Manahawkin — A check for $38,100, raised at the Links for Life golf outing last month, will support the cancer center at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. The hospital foundation recently held a brunch thanking the event’s organizers, Little Egg Harbor resident Bette Bauer, and LuCille Perry of Northborough, Mass.

The Links for Life fundraiser was held in memory of Bauer and Perry’s mother, Audrey M. Perry, who passed away from breast cancer at the age of 69. Along with a day of golf, participants enjoyed lunch and dinner, as well as raffles and auctions and a health fair, which included free screenings and health assessments. Also, Paul Chung, M.D., a hematologist and oncologist at SOMC, spoke at the event about future trends in cancer treatment and technology.

The golf outing was held at Sea Oaks Country Club, with 120 golfers participating and 240 total attendees.

Then at an Oct. 21 brunch, Bauer presented the foundation and Chung with the check for $38,100. The volunteers who helped to organize the outing also attended the reception, as did Joseph Lattanzi, M.D., a radiation oncologist at the medical center.

“It was our pleasure to host this golf outing,” said Bauer. “It’s a great way to raise funds for our local hospital – which is doing great work treating community members living with cancer – while honoring the legacy of our mother, who passed much too early from this disease.”

“We are so appreciative of community members like Bette and her sister, LuCille, who go the extra mile to support our medical center,” said Regina Foley, Ph.D., chief hospital executive of SOMC. “Receiving a cancer diagnosis is not what it used to be, thanks in large part to the generosity of donors like them, who help to support the vital services and technologies needed to defeat the disease. We are truly thankful for their support.”

Funds raised at events such as Links for Life all contribute toward a $150 million fundraising goal as part of a capital campaign called Giving Heals, administered by Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation, the umbrella foundation of the Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation.

Giving Heals supports four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience, and broadening clinical research and academic programs at the following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers: Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.

“We are incredibly grateful to Bette and LuCille and everyone who supported Links for Life,” said Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer of the Meridian Health Foundation. “The funds raised from this event will have a tremendous impact on both the hospital and community, and we are so grateful to everyone who is helping to make a difference in the lives of individuals living with cancer.”

To learn more about supporting cancer care at SOMC, or for more information about the Giving Heals campaign, contact James Young, executive director of Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, at or 609-978-3040. —M.S.

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