3rd Annual Event Celebrates Memory of Joe Bottino, Jr.
Local theater performance of Hairspray benefits Gift of Life Family House Adopt-A-Family Program.
A special performance of Hairspray was held at The Ritz Theatre Company on January 22, 2011 to celebrate the life of Joe Bottino, Jr. Sadly, Joe passed away on February 11, 2007 while hospitalized with liver failure due to Hepatitis C. At the time of his death, Joe was #1 on the waiting list for a liver transplant. During the months that Joe was hospitalized, his family traveled back and forth between their home in New Jersey and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia to be by his side.
In addition to commemorating Joe's life, this event is also being held to raise awareness for organ donation and the devastating impact that this situation places on the patients and their families. Currently, more than 4,200 New Jersey residents remain on the waiting list.
Because of their experiences, the Bottino family understands firsthand why the Family House is such a critical resource for transplant families and is committed to helping other families. The Gift of Life Family House is a program that will provide temporary lodging and supportive services to families of transplant patients traveling to Philadelphia to receive their life-saving transplant care. All proceeds from today's event will be used towards the Adopt-A-Family Program. In keeping with our mission, no family is turned away due to their inability to pay the nightly fee. This program will help to subsidize the cost for families staying at the Family House.
A very special thank you to our sponsors: Lexus of Cherry Hill, Atlantic Care, PB Cosmetology Education Center, The Ritz Theatre, South Jersey Gastroenterology, and Wegman' s of Mt. Laurel!!