On February 28, 2013, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey community joined together on the Newark campus for “UMDNJ’s Got Talent,” an event that raised $1,030.50 for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. More than 300 people from across UMDNJ’s campuses as well as the general public crowded into the Grand Foyer of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School to view artwork and performances by faculty, staff and students. Acts included singers, poets, musicians—even a Nixon impersonator and a hula-hoop dancer who delighted the audience with her grace and agility.
Bruno Lee, a resident of Maplewood and employee at UMDNJ-The University Hospital, played "The Closer I Get to You."
As DJ, Doctor Bob Lee from WBLS–107.5 brought a star turn to the evening, and the audience moved and grooved with inspiration provided by a special guest, celebrity line-dancing instructor Kenny J.
UMDNJ Interim President Denise V. Rodgers, MD, emceed the event, introducing each of the 18 acts. By the end of the night, $1,030.50 was raised through donations and food sales.
For those who missed the event, but want to make a donation, checks can be sent to Stacie J. Newton, Director of Marketing Communications, University Hospital, 150 Bergen Street, Room D302, Newark, New Jersey 07101, payable to “UMDNJ Foundation, c/o UH Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser.”