Sue Basso, RN, Hospice Liaison, Barnabas Health Homecare & Hospice, buried her head into coworker Crystal Branch’s shoulder in disbelief at the news of being the one of 650 ticket purchasers to win the BMW.
Belleville, NJ – Sue Basso, RN, Hospice Liaison, Barnabas Health Homecare & Hospice, never won anything before. With that in mind, she, like many others, purchased a $100 raffle ticket from the Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) Foundation for a 2013 BMW 128i Convertible, benefitting cancer services, not expecting to think about it again. Then, when her coworkers called her down to the first floor lobby of Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) at the time of the drawing to share the news that she was the winner of the brand new white BMW convertible, her shock was felt throughout the room.
John V. Kelly, Jr., M.D., President of the Medical Staff at CMMC; Michael Monteleone, General Sales Manager, BMW of Bloomfield; Mary Ellen Clyne, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer at CMMC; BMW raffle winner Sue Basso, RN, Hospice Liaison, Barnabas Health Homecare & Hospice; Justine McCarthy, Director of Special Events, CMMC Foundation; and Jane Newman Kessler, CFRE, Vice President, CMMC Foundation.
On December 10 at 4 p.m., Sue, a resident of Montclair and a hospice liaison at Clara Maass Medical Center, was visiting patients in the Medical Center when her name was picked out of a drum by Michael Monteleone, General Sales Manager, BMW of Bloomfield. Those who purchased raffle tickets, including employees and local CMMC supporters, gathered that afternoon in hopes of hearing their own names announced. But when Sue’s name was pulled, her coworkers shared an excitement as if their own names really had been pulled.
“We’re in the business of taking care of people,” said Sue about the number of employees who purchased raffle tickets. “Everyone’s hearts are already in the right place, so I know that many of us purchased tickets with the good cause in mind.”
Sue recalls that it all felt like a dream she was sure to wake up from. After receiving congratulatory hugs and cheers from her coworkers, Sue called her daughter, who shared in the disbelief. Justine McCarthy, Director of Special Events at CMMC Foundation, had to confirm the news over the phone.
Reflecting on her luck, Sue says, “Most people go in to a raffle like this not expecting to win. The reality is that you don’t expect it to be you. So to me, it had been a donation.”
“It’s especially significant to us that an employee won the car,” says Mary Ellen Clyne, President and Chief Executive Officer, CMMC. “Our employees are so supportive of philanthropic endeavors and it’s great to see their support rewarded.”
As a hospice worker, Sue’s days can be filled with sadness. On December 10, she recalls a particularly bad day. Winning that car turned not only her day, but her month, around. A coworker said to her, with much affection, “That must be your gift for taking care of hospice patients.”
“I am genuinely more touched by the reaction I’m getting from coworkers than anything else,” Sue adds. “The positive reactions and the well wishes have been such a nice bonus.”
The Foundation sold 650 raffle tickets for the 2013 BMW 128i, which is valued at over $38,000. Last year, the Foundation raffled a Red MINI Cooper Hardtop to benefit cancer services. A former CMMC patient, Larry DiSimone of Nutley, was the lucky winner of the MINI Cooper.
“We were so excited to be able to raffle off this top-of-the-line luxury automobile for such a worthwhile cause,” says Jane Newman Kessler, CFRE, Vice President, CMMC Foundation. “Being able to provide continued funding to our exceptional cancer services means a lot to everyone at the Medical Center.”
Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation:
Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to generating philanthropic support for the facilities, programs and services of CMMC, a non-sectarian, 465-bed hospital serving Essex, Hudson and Bergen Counties. Its website is: www.claramaassfoundation.org
Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass’ centers and services include The Health and Wellness Center, Nuclear Medicine, The Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Adult Cardiac Services including Diagnostic Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, The Wound Center at Clara Maass, The Center for Sleep Disorders, The Bariatric Surgery Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, as well as Pediatrics. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit www.barnabashealth.org