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mmc ann unterbergAnn Unterberg, Immediate Past MMC Foundation Chair, Will be First Recipient of Judith W. Dawkins Ambassador of Excellence Award 

Long Branch, NJ – The newly formed Leon Hess Cancer Center Council at Monmouth Medical Center will host the 23rd Annual Power of Pink Luncheon, an event that benefits the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center, on July 19 at Hartshorne Mansion in Little Silver.

This year’s event will feature breast cancer survivor Amy Robach from ABC’s Good Morning America and 20/20 programs as the celebrity speaker. The Power of Pink Luncheon also will feature the inaugural presentation of the Judith W. Dawkins Ambassador of Excellence Award.



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“Monmouth Medical Center Foundation and the Dawkins Family proudly announce Ann Unterberg as the 2018 inaugural recipient of The Judith W. Dawkins Ambassador of Excellence Award,” said Tara Kelly, vice president of development for the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation.  “Ann exemplifies Judi’s visionary guidance, exceptional leadership and upholding the highest ethical standard for the betterment of the patients and families who rely on Monmouth Medical Center.”

For the past three decades, Unterberg has dedicated herself to the lives of women and children, helping the underserved, improving education, supporting the arts, as well as promoting conservation. She has served as a hospital trustee since 2005 and served as chair of Monmouth Medical Center Foundation from 2011 to 2017. Along with her husband Tom, she has funded The Unterberg Children’s Hospital, the Thomas and  Ann Unterberg Pediatric Emergency Department and several mammography suites in the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center. The Unterberg family’s commitment to the health of their community also includes their investment in the Unterberg Learning Center at MMC, as well as the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies at Monmouth University.

Guest speaker Robach joined David Muir as co-anchor of 20/20 starting at the end of May. In addition to her new duties, she continues to report for Good Morning America (GMA) and across ABC News when major news breaks. She was named News Anchor for GMA in March 2014. In 2015, she wrote a New York Times bestseller titled Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held On To Hope, and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour about her unexpected journey with breast cancer after being diagnosed following an on-air mammogram on GMA.

As the organization’s flagship event, the Power of Pink Luncheon raises funds to enhance the quality of care delivered to cancer patients at Monmouth Medical Center. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $3 million for the Leon Hess Cancer Center, the region’s only facility designated as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. This year’s proceeds will benefit the hospital’s Radiation Oncology Department and the purchase of Deep Inspiration Breath Hold equipment, advanced technology used in particular circumstances for breast cancer patients to minimize radiation dose to the heart.

The Leon Hess Cancer Center Council has united The Women’s Council for the Leon Hess Cancer Center, the organization that introduced the Power of Pink event, and the Women of Wilentz, a committee founded to support the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center.  Together, these dedicated volunteers have raised more than $6 million through a host of events to benefit the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center,

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