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NETS Basketball and HUMC Launch the Slam Dunk Fund

April 21st, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.NETS Basketball and Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) have formed the Slam Dunk Fund: Score for Kids, Cardiac and Cancer. This charitable partnership will raise funds for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, the Heart & Vascular Hospital, and the John Theurer Cancer Center at HUMC.

By joining the Slam Dunk Fund, contributors will know their donations benefit one of the nation’s most comprehensive and progressive medical centers. In addition, Slam Dunk Fund members will receive access to exclusive NETS experiences, such as the opportunity to travel with the team, participate in a basketball clinic hosted by a NETS player, and many more.

“We are so honored and thrilled to partner with NETS Basketball in an endeavor that will benefit pediatric, cardiac, and cancer patients at Hackensack University Medical Center,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer at HUMC.  “The NETS continue to demonstrate its philanthropic commitment and is precisely the kind of organization with which we strive to associate.”
“The Slam Dunk Fund is the best kind of charitable partnership: one that delivers active benefits to NETS fans, while simultaneously advancing one of the nation's Best Hospitals and most comprehensive medical centers,” said Joseph Simunovich, chairman, HUMC Foundation Board of Trustees.  “HUMC and the NETS have been committed to philanthropic efforts for nearly as long as they’ve existed, so it only makes sense to join forces and strengthen that commitment even more.”
“The combining of two prominent organizations dedicated to good works makes for the best kind of fundraising, and we are excited about the benefits this partnership will garner for those most important: our patients,” said Robert L. Torre of Hackensack, executive vice president and chief operating officer, HUMC Foundation. “The Slam Dunk Fund allows not only players and HUMC healthcare personnel to score for kids, cardiac and cancer, but the community at large as well.”
“We are pleased to offer access to unique NETS experiences to raise funds that will benefit patients at HUMC,” NETS CEO Brett Yormark said. “We appreciate our alliance with HUMC and admire its first-rate dedication to its patients.”
For more information on the Slam Dunk Fund, visit
About Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) is a 775-bed not-for-profit, tertiary care, teaching and research hospital and provides the largest number of admissions in New Jersey.  Founded in 1888 with 12 beds and as Bergen County's first hospital, HUMC has demonstrated more than a century of growth and progress. HUMC is a nationally recognized healthcare organization offering patients the most comprehensive services, state-of-the-art technologies, and facilities. Honors include being named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades® for five years in a row. HUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York, and New England to receive this honor for five consecutive years. HUMC was also named one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review. U.S. News & World Report's ranked HUMC eighth in the New York Metro Area in its first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, giving it the top ranking out of all the New Jersey hospitals listed. Additionally, HUMC is a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence, first in New Jersey, second in the nation, receiving its fourth designation in April 2009. HUMC is the hometown hospital of the NETS and the New York Giants.

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