The Friends of Matheny held its annual end-of-the season luncheon on June 5 at the Roxiticus Golf Club in Mendham and Friends president Liz Geraghty, a resident of Cranford, handed Matheny Medical and Educational Center president Steve Proctor a check for $60,000.

Some of The Friends of Matheny officers for 2013-2014 gathered outside the Roxiticus Golf Club after the luncheon (from left) Lisa Novella, a resident of Peapack, corresponding secretary; Nancy Hojnacki, Bernardsville, Vice president membership; Liz Geraghty, Cranford, president; Karen Thompson, Gladstone, vice president membership; and Jean Wadsworth, Basking Ridge, recording secretary.  Click for more information.

The Friends is an organization dedicated to providing support to Matheny, and, since its inception in 1983, the group has raised more than $3 million. Proctor thanked the Friends members for all they do, singling out such gifts as an adaptive bathtub and a new “Van Go” vehicle which will help bring Matheny’s unique Arts Access Program to other facilities for people with disabilities.

Dr. Gary Eddey, Matheny vice president and chief medical officer, spoke to The Friends about Matheny’s medical mission. “We care for children and adults with multiple chronic illnesses,” he said. “In our system of care, everybody works together, 24-7, 365 days a year so that our children and adults can live a full rich life to the best of their abilities.” Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility in Peapack.