Skip to main content

Deborah Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Red Tie Gala in Support of Deborah Heart and Lung Center’s 100th Anniversary

Event Honoree is Michael J. Kline, Esq.

Deborah Hospital Foundation is hosting the 17th Annual Red Tie Gala on Saturday, November 12, at the Hilton at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

This signature event, which is the largest annual fundraiser held in support of Deborah Heart and Lung Center, culminates a year of festivities celebrating Deborah’s 100th Anniversary. Established in 1922, Deborah has provided a century of extraordinary medical innovation from its initial founding as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Today, Deborah is the region’s only acute care specialty center of excellence focused on cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular disease.

Throughout Deborah’s storied history, it has never lost sight of its founding mission of compassionate kindness to care for everyone, regardless of their financial situation. In 100 years, Deborah has never issued a bill to a patient for services provided within the hospital. This mission has been supported by Deborah Hospital Foundation and legions of generous donors. It is this spirit of philanthropy that Deborah celebrates each year at the Red Tie Gala.

Gala Honoree, Michael J. Kline, Esq.
Gala Honoree, Michael J. Kline, Esq.

In addition to dinner, dancing, special entertainment, and a silent auction, Deborah will be honoring Michael J. Kline, Esq., Partner and Assistant General Counsel at Fox Rothschild LLP.  Mr. Kline has been affiliated with Deborah since 1972, having served on the Board of Trustees of Deborah Heart and Lung Center and the Board of Directors of Deborah Hospital Foundation, as well as having been Deborah’s outside General Counsel, providing invaluable wisdom and leadership. He has also acted in many other pivotal roles for Deborah over the years, including his work with the Office of the Inspector General enabling Deborah to maintain its’ unique and most compassionate non-balance billing policy.

“I am truly humbled to be recognized at the Gala for my years of service to Deborah,” he said. “For fifty years — half of Deborah’s history — I have been privileged to be involved with this great organization. The mission, combined with the Hospital’s superior level of medical excellence, has made me passionate for advocating on Deborah’s behalf. Deborah Heart and Lung Center is a rare and precious national treasure, and it has been part of my life’s work to preserve and ensure a strong and vibrant foundation for its continuance long into the future.”

Added Deborah President and CEO Joseph Chirichella, “Not only are we excited to honor Michael for his half-a-century of dedicated service to Deborah, but we are thrilled to be hosting this event during our centennial year. It will be exciting to see friends gathered together again to mark this historic milestone. Not only will we acknowledge Deborah’s past, but we enthusiastically look towards our future. A $108 million capital expansion project is currently underway, setting the stage for Deborah’s next 100 years.”

Tickets to the Red Tie Gala are $350 per person held at the Hilton at Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA, 19106. This year’s sponsors include:

Centennial Sponsor

Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C.

Anniversary Sponsors

Capital Health OB/GYN

Fox Rothschild LLP

McCarter & English

Mid-Atlantic Surgical Associates

Entertainment Sponsor


Decorations Sponsor

Cooper University Healthcare

Video and Photography Sponsors

Carbon Health

William H. Connelly Insurance and Risk Management

Favor Sponsors

Cleveland Clinic

Corporate Synergies

Ewing Cole

Imperial Dade

Kean University

Landmark Leadership

McAfee Financial Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Ocean First Bank




Community Sponsor

OceanFirst Foundation

Media Sponsor

South Jersey Magazine

Tickets, room reservations, and sponsorship reservations can be made online at 

Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ is an 89-bed teaching hospital that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, research, and treatment of heart, lung, and vascular diseases. Founded in 1922, Deborah has been a regional and nationally recognized leader throughout its 100-year history, during which time it has healed 2.3 million patients from every corner of the United States and 87 countries in the world. From performing the first open heart surgeries (adult and pediatric) in New Jersey, to running one of the highest volume left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant programs in the region, Deborah has stood at the forefront of medical innovation, all while never wavering from its founding mission “there is no price on life.” Deborah is consistently recognized as a leader in patient care from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ranked among the top hospitals in New Jersey for patient satisfaction; holds a top-tier Society of Thoracic Surgeons rating which places Deborah among the best cardiac surgery programs in the country; and is designated a national Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Deborah is an Alliance member of the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. 


Visit Deborah Heart and Lung Center

Deborah Heart and Lung Center is New Jersey’s only specialty heart, lung, and vascular hospital. Visit Website

Donate Now

Support the Deborah Hospital Foundation today with a life-saving donation. Donate

Browse Our Online Store

A portion of every purchase goes directly to the Foundation in support of Deborah Heart and Lung Center. Shop Now