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Samaritan’s Virtual Celebration of Life Gala Raises More Than $142,000

Samaritan’s Circle of Excellence Award Given to the Organization’s Staff for Quality, Compassionate Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Local Residents Named Delightful Dining Raffle Winners

Mount Laurel, NJSamaritan recently held its annual Celebration of Life Gala, presented by Holman Enterprises, virtually on Saturday, February 6. The Gala, entitled Be A Samaritan: Celebration of Life, raised more than $142,000 in charitable support for the not-for-profit’s comprehensive family of services that benefit seriously ill patients and their families, as well as those grieving a loss.

“We are incredibly grateful for the leadership of Gala Committee Chair Lindsey Watson McCarthy and all members of our volunteer Gala committee, in addition to the sponsors, advertisers, auction donors and attendees who supported our first ever virtual Gala and made the event such a success,” said Mary Ann Boccolini, president and CEO of Samaritan. “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Samaritan has continued to provide professional care, services, and support to those in need, without disruption. The funds raised from this year’s event enables us to continue to provide the highest quality care to patients and their families in order to enhance their quality of life.”

Delightful Dining Winners – (Left Photo) Cliff Mancine with his wife Kathy (Right Photo) Judith Capritti (left) with Lead Development Coordinator Julie Weitzman

This year’s gala celebrated the dedicated work and success of the special people who comprise the Samaritan team, particularly honoring their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. During the 2021 virtual Gala, Samaritan named all members of the Samaritan staff as their 2021 Circle of Excellence award recipients. Each year, the Circle of Excellence award honors individuals who are passionate and dedicated in their service to both Samaritan and the greater community.

“Our staff are the heart of our organization and truly make Samaritan what it is today,” continued Boccolini. “There are no other individuals more worthy of this award than our team of professionals. They are our own healthcare heroes, continuing to provide compassionate care to all of our patients and their families during these difficult times.”

Additionally, Samaritan was honored to name local residents Cliff Mancine of Cinnaminson and Judith Capritti of Delanco the 2021 winners of the organization’s annual Delightful Dining Raffle (see photos attached)with each winner awarded twelve $100 dining gift certificates, valued at a total of $1,200, to some of the area’s finest restaurants.

This year’s Gala can be viewed in its entirety online on Samaritan’s YouTube page. To learn more about ways to support Samaritan, visit:

About Samaritan:

Samaritan is a not-for-profit, independent organization locally founded in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1980. Samaritan is the regional leader for 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 in their homes, assisted-living or nursing home communities and through two inpatient hospice centers: The Samaritan Center at Mount Holly and The Samaritan Center at Voorhees. A thrift shop in Westmont 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