Members of the Matza family, as well as many of Eric Matza's friends and neighbors, attended St. John's Casino Night including (from left to right): Morris Matza, Susan Matza, Dorothy Matza, Robert Matza, Robin Matza, Hyman Matza, Sara Matza, Randi Ward, Andrew Ward and Michelle Matza. SJEH expressed many thanks to Robert Matza and the entire Matza family for their generous support of the event. On Saturday, November 2nd, the Development Board of St. John's Episcopal Hospital held a successful Casino Night event in honor of the late Eric Matza, former Vice President of Development, at the Sands at Atlantic Beach.
More than 450 people came out that evening to pay tribute to Matza, his longtime career in fundraising and development, and his involvement in the community. More than $160,000 was raised for the Eric Matza Outpatient Imaging Center at St. John's Episcopal Hospital.
Matza was Vice President for Development and Public Affairs at St. John's for more than 10 years. Matza, who succumbed to cancer earlier this year, previously served as Director of Development and Public Affairs at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. He was also a member in good standing of the Rockaway Rotary.
The St. John's Development Board members awarded raffles prizes during Casino Night including (from left to right): Maccy Paley, Development Board Secretary; Margaret Carpenter, Development Board President; Marguerita Parlionas, Development Board member; and Peter Frankel, Catering Chairman. St. John’s Hospital organizers expressed many thanks to the event's generous sponsors including Modern Construction, Robert Matza, the Medical Staff Society of St. John's, Hunter Ambulance and Jzanus.
Drs. Harsha Reddy, Attending, St. John's Department of Psychiatry (left), Ronald Brenner, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry (center), and Abiola Familusi, President of the St. John's Medical Staff Society, chatted at the Casino Night event held by St. John's Development Board.
Roberta Young, member, St. John's Development Board, celebrating with the croupier, emerged a winner at the blackjack table at Casino Night.