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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Muhlenberg Foundation Gala Saturday

'Puttin' On The Ritz' is this year's theme.

The Muhlenberg Foundation hosts one of Plainfield's perennially favorite fundraising galas this Saturday.

The reduction of Muhlenberg's status to a minor outlying facility appears reflected in the new circumstances of the gala. Gone are the lavish venues, the major corporate sponsors and honorees. This year, the gala will be held in the spacious home of Rashid and Wendy Burney, right here in Plainfield.

This year's project will fund specialized equipment designed to enhance medication safety for clients of Muhlenberg's Home Care Department.

A golf outing at the Plainfield Country Club in September grossed $100,000, according to foundation president Oliver Anderson in a Courier News story at the time.

The foundation, which reported assets of about $14.5M in its 2006 filing with the IRS (see online here -- free, but registration required), has been the subject of much concern among Plainfielders and those concerned with healthcare services delivery in the Muhlenberg service area.

Guidestar, the online guide to the nation's nonprofits, shows that the Muhlenberg Foundation is a 'controlled...fundraising entity of Solaris Health System operated PRIMARILY for the benefit of Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Inc.' (Emphasis added).

The Muhlenberg Foundation's profile on

Plainfielders might feel better about the Foundation and its direction if Solaris were to set it free.

Is that too much to ask?

'Puttin' On The Ritz'
Muhlenberg Foundation Gala

Saturday, November 15, 2008
7:00 P.M.
1127 Watchung Avenue

Info: (908) 668-2025

Dress: Black Tie Optional/Cocktail Chic
-- Dan Damon

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