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Samaritan’s 2024 Celebration of Life Gala Raises Record-Breaking $275,000

Annual Event Honored Jack and Barbara Tarditi, Kyle Ruffin and Marcum LLP for their Continued Support of Samaritan’s Mission

Mount Laurel, NJSamaritan recently held its annual Celebration of Life Gala, presented by Holman Enterprises, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cherry Hill (formerly Crowne Plaza). A record-breaking $275,000 was raised in support of the not-for-profit’s life-enhancing services, which benefit seriously ill patients and their families, as well as those grieving a loss, throughout Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties.

Emceed by Meteorologist Kathy Orr of FOX 29 News, this year’s Gala recognized Jack and Barbara Tarditi of Haddonfield, Kyle Ruffin of Hainesport and Marcum LLP of Marlton as the organization’s Celebration of Life Honorees.

“Our annual Celebration of Life Gala allows us to continue providing comprehensive care for the people of South Jersey,” said Phillip W. Heath, president and CEO of Samaritan. “The kindness and generosity of our sponsors – including presenting sponsor Holman Enterprises – as well as members of our dedicated Board of Trustees, Gala Committee and chairs Mindy Holman, Frank Beideman and Theresa Savage, staff and volunteers have made a profound impact on our greater community and truly embody the Samaritan Difference.”

This year’s Gala included dinner, live music by Masquerade, dancing, an Online Auction with more than 130 items to bid on that raised over $19,000, and the drawing of two winning tickets for Samaritan’s annual Delightful Dining raffle – Mark Zimmerman and Brittany Mancine were the lucky recipients of twelve $100 dining gift certificates, valued at a total of $1,200. To see videos from this year’s honorees visit:

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About Samaritan:

Samaritan is a not-for-profit, independent organization locally founded in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1980 as one of the first hospices in the country. Samaritan is now one of the State’s leading providers of hospice care, palliative (comfort) medicine, at-home primary care, grief support and counseling, advanced illness care, education and advocacy. Samaritan serves people in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties who are coping with the stresses of aging, serious illness or grief wherever they call home. Samaritan also has two dedicated inpatient hospice centers in Voorhees and Mount Holly. Beyond the services covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance plans, Samaritan annually provides nearly $1M in donor-funded non-reimbursed care for patients and families in the South Jersey region. A thrift shop in Westmont also supports Samaritan services and programs. Samaritan is accredited by The Joint Commission; a member of the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation; and is a four-star hospice in the national We Honor Veterans program. For more information, visit