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Samaritan Announces 2023 Celebration of Life Gala

Annual Evening of Food, Dancing, Music and Prizes Returns In-Person, John C. Gillespie, Esq. and Innovative Benefit Planning Named 2023 Honorees and Linda and Frank Cardile Named Honorary Gala Committee Co-Chairs

Mt. Laurel, NJSamaritan announced it will hold its annual Celebration of Life Gala, presented by Holman Enterprises, on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cherry Hill, N.J. This marks the return to an in-person format for the annual fundraising event, which celebrates Samaritan’s 40+ years of providing quality, compassionate care to more than 11,000 families annually throughout Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties.

“We are so pleased that our 2023 Celebration of Life Gala will return to an in-person format this year, allowing us to share, celebrate and create meaningful moments together,” said Phillip W. Heath, president and CEO of Samaritan. “As our premier event, the Gala allows us to honor our organization’s mission to serve, while recognizing all of the generous people who make our organization uniquely Samaritan – team members, volunteers, Board members, community partners, supporters and advocates and, most importantly, our patients and their families.”

This year’s Gala will feature delicious food, live music by Masquerade, dancing and more! The 2023 Gala Committee is led by Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Frank Cardile of Medford, NJ, long time Samaritan supporters and volunteers.

“The Cardile’s are passionate advocates for Samaritan and creative, visionary leaders, making them the perfect choice to lead this year’s Gala committee,” added Heath. “Along with their fellow committee members, they are dedicated to making this year’s celebration our best one yet and determined to raise further awareness of Samaritan’s work throughout the community.”


Each year at the Gala, Samaritan honors individuals and organizations who are dedicated in their service to Samaritan, as well as the greater South Jersey community. Samaritan is proud to unveil and celebrate its 2023 honorees:

  • John C. Gillespie, Esq., partner at Parker McCay and former Samaritan Board Chair
  • Innovative Benefit Planning of Moorestown, led by Terriann Procida and Mark Sulpizio

“John, Terriann and Mark are all long-time members of the Samaritan family and dedicated supporters of our mission to provide the highest quality, compassionate care in the region,” continued Heath. “Their dedication and generosity ensure that Samaritan continues to expand and grow in various ways – allowing us to strategically diversify and increase access throughout the region and beyond, so that we may help even more people in more ways.”

To further support fundraising efforts, Samaritan Gala will once again feature:

  • Delightful Dining Raffle – sponsored by Innovative Benefit Planning, this unique raffle offers the chance to win 12 $100 restaurant gift certificates (valued at a total of $1,200) to some of the area’s finest eateries, for just $10 per ticket. Two raffle winners will be announced during the Gala.

  • Virtual Online Auction – featuring a variety of specialty items for bid, from trips and travel packages to gift baskets, sports memorabilia, brand-name items and more. The online auction will open for bidding on February 4, 2023.

Tickets for the Delightful Dining raffle and access to the Online Auction are available at

Individual tickets for this year’s Gala are $225 each. All proceeds from the evening, including the Delightful Dining raffle and online auction, will support direct care for Samaritan patients and their families throughout South Jersey.

For additional gala details, tickets or sponsorship information and deadlines, visit or contact Katelin Spooner at (856) 552-3239 or


Caption: (L to R) Frank Beideman and Mindy Holman of Holman Enterprises stand with this year’s Gala Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Frank Cardile of Medford. Holman Enterprises, a Samaritan gala sponsor since 2008, is again generously serving as the Presenting Sponsor for Samaritan’s Celebration of Life Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2023.

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

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