The Maimonides All-Stars took on the stars of Bravo’s hit reality TV series for a fundraiser in support of the Maimonides Breast Center
Maimonides Health hosted its third annual “Battle for Brooklyn” charity softball game at Maimonides Park in Coney Island. The event featured a matchup between the cast of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, which was led by team captain Dolores Catania, and the Maimonides All-Stars, which comprises the hospital’s leading physicians and clinical staff and led by team captain and leading oncologist, Dr. Patrick Borgen. The game was recorded as part of the upcoming season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. More than 3,000 tickets were sold, benefiting the hospital’s Breast Center and its lifesaving efforts.
“We are very grateful for everyone who has supported the Battle for Brooklyn in support of the groundbreaking research and cutting edge treatment strategies being done at the Maimonides Breast Center,” said Dr. Patrick Borgen, Chair of the Department of Surgery and Head of the Breast Center at Maimonides. “Our physicians and staff continue to provide world-class care, right here in Brooklyn, to support patients and their families through every step of their cancer journey. Events like this help raise awareness of the vital importance of screening mammography and emphasize the fact that the very best care is available, right here, at home.
First aired in 2009, the popular reality show airs on Bravo and follows the lives of several high-profile New Jersey women. For cast member Dolores Catania, the relationship with Maimonides is personal and longstanding. A staunch women’s health advocate, she had a mammogram and biopsy performed at Maimonides on camera, using her platform to promote the importance of women’s health and routine screening to her fans. Following Dolores’ lead, cast member Margaret Josephs is currently a Maimonides patient.
The Maimonides Breast Center is Brooklyn’s only fully-accredited breast center and provides patients with comprehensive care and customized treatment plans following a breast cancer diagnosis. The Center was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons and is equipped with top-of-the-line imaging and diagnostic tools to provide excellent cancer care.
“We are incredibly excited to have hosted yet another successful Battle for Brooklyn fundraiser and greatly appreciate the support from the Real Housewives of New Jersey and Bravo,” said Kenneth D. Gibbs, President and CEO, Maimonides Health. “This powerful collaboration to celebrate our courageous patients is always a great time and yields necessary support for our world-renowned Breast Center.”
“I am thrilled to be back at Battle for Brooklyn for another year. This event is an amazing way for me, as a former patient myself, to be able to raise money for the work being done at the Maimonides Breast Center. I have been fortunate to get great patient care from Maimonides, and I am committed to using my platform to make sure all my fans know the importance of early screening,” said Real Housewives of New Jersey Cast Member Dolores Catania. “Thank you to my Bravo and RHONJ family for supporting this incredibly important event, and thank you to the amazing doctors, nurses, and staff at Maimonides for their lifesaving work!”