‘Tis The Season For Giving: Local Entrepreneur Continues Family Tradition Of Supporting Cancer Care At Shore Medical Center

December 13, 2018

For some families, Christmas traditions include tree decorating, leaving cookies for Santa, and hanging stockings on the fireplace mantel. For the Hughes family, Christmas is a time to reflect on their deep generational connection to Shore Medical Center and its cancer center and consider how they can continue to help.

David Hughes, chief development and financial offer at Shore Medical Center, and his wife Tricia feel a deep affinity for Shore Cancer Center, in part because the land on which it sits is where Tricia’s parents, Dr. George McKeon and his wife Angela, settled and made their home more than half a century ago. Dr. McKeon saw patients in his home and the emergency room at Shore, and it is that family connection, along with David’s past experience on the Shore board and his current role on Shore’s senior leadership team, that drives the Hughes family to always want to do more.

Over the years, Shore continued to be an important part of the fabric of the entire Hughes family. David and Tricia were joined in supporting the medical center by his sister Lynda and her husband William Zipparo of Dennis Township. Together the Hughes family has donated more than $30,000 to the hospital.

This family tradition has now inspired the next generation.

Jason McAnulty, David’s nephew and the owner of Jay’s Property Maintenance of Dennis Township, chose this holiday season to make a $1,000 gift toward Shore’s 2019 “A Cause to Celebrate” gala, which benefits Shore Cancer Center. McAnulty’s gift is the very first gift in support of the 5th annual gala happening September 20, 2019 at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City. 

In 2018, Shore raised nearly $500,000 through “A Cause to Celebrate” to support those local individuals battling cancer. That battle is personal for McAnulty and it is what prompted the 25-year-old to step up first to donate. His aunt, Debbie Tanner, is currently a patient battling cancer and receiving treatment close to home at Shore Cancer Center. 

“It is an honor to support such a worthwhile cause, so that more people like my Aunt Debbie can have access to compassionate, high quality cancer care, close to home. I hope more people will join me in supporting Shore Cancer Center through a donation.”

To become a sponsor of the 2019 “A Cause to Celebrate” gala or for more information, contact Jessica Giles, business and development manager, Shore Medical Center, at 609-653-3986 or visit acausetocelebrate.org.