Rockville Centre’s Jeffrey Feil, a real estate developer and healthcare philanthropist, has been named the honoree of South Nassau Communities Hospital’s new gala — Soirée Under the Stars — to be held on Sept. 16 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
The event will also honor Dr. Rajiv Datta and Long Beach resident Lori Edelman, a registered nurse, who will be presented with the hospital’s Mary Pearson and the Cupola awards, respectively.
Funds raised at the Soirée — formerly known as the Carnation Ball — will support the hospital’s five-year, $10-million capital campaign to nearly double the size of the emergency department at South Nassau’s Oceanside campus. When complete, the $60 million renovation and expansion project will provide space to accommodate more than 80,000 patient visits each year, and will help establish a dedicated area for behavioral health patients. The emergency department currently sees about 65,000 patients a year, but was only designed to handle 35,000 annually.
The Feil family has donated more than $6 million to South Nassau in the past several years, which has helped expand and elevate the standard of cancer care for its patients. This includes a $3 million donation to South Nassau in 2011 that supported the continued growth and expansion of the hospital’s existing Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center in Valley Stream.
Last December, the Charitable Lead Annuity Trust under the will of Louis Feil donated $1 million toward a new consolidated cancer center being planned at the hospital’s Oceanside campus. One of Long Island’s premiere providers of compassionate advanced cancer care, the center treats more than 1,500 patients annually.
“As a result of the Feil Family Foundation’s altruism and support that Jeff has designated in support of South Nassau’s cancer care services, hundreds of residents across the South Shore of Nassau County have convenient access to world-class clinicians and advanced treatments and technologies that give them the hope and inspiration they need to fight and overcome a cancer diagnosis,” said Richard J. Murphy, South Nassau’s president and chief executive officer. “Mr. Feil’s contributions and selflessness will leave an indelible mark on South Nassau’s tradition of excellence in the delivery of high-quality healthcare.”
The Soirée is South Nassau’s most successful annual fundraiser, and will feature a two-hour poolside reception under the stars that will be highlighted by an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and a variety of savory food stations. The party will then move inside for dessert and entertainment. For more information, visit www.southnassau.org.