WYCKOFF, NJ … Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) in Wyckoff held its Third Annual Beefsteak recently at The Brownstone in Paterson. Approximately 265 people, including CHCC supporters, friends, vendors, board members, and staff attended the event, helping to raise more than $38,000. Proceeds from the fundraising event will support the Center’s 2015 Annual Fund. The football-themed evening featured special guest speaker Retired Lt. Col. Nathan Sassaman, West Point graduate and former star quarterback. He carried Army to its first bowl victory and was a courageous warrior who earned a Bronze Star for valor. He commanded the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. One of the moving highlights of the event was when Mr. Sassaman asked all those who served our country to stand. He asked each to state his name and rank and thanked each one personally for his service.
“We were delighted to have Mr. Sassaman as our guest and keynote speaker,” said Douglas A. Struyk, CPA, LNHA, CHCC President and CEO. “His message was very powerful, and he nicely tied it in to the work we do here at Christian Health Care Center.
His experiences as an impressive American field commander in Iraq taught him many valuable life lessons, including that we should all make the most of every day, and no matter what role we play in our lives and in our work, we are all important and have the ability to make a difference.”
There is an interesting story of how CHCC connected with Mr. Sassaman. Darcy Bickert, CHCC’s Foundation Assistant Director, found a plaque in a closet near her office. The plaque honored Mr. Sassaman as Team Captain of the Year at the West Point Military Academy. With some research, she was able to find and contact him to return the plaque. After learning that he was a motivational speaker who brings a message of leadership, accountability, and patriotism, he was invited him to join us as our keynote speaker. However, it still remains a mystery as to how the plaque ended up at Christian Health Care Center.
Donning their favorite team’s football jerseys, guests participated and bid on numerous silent auction gift baskets again this year.
Previous guest speakers have included George McGovern, Chapel Coordinator for the NY Giants and NY Yankees, and Kevin Boothe, NY Giants starting guard, as well as Gian Paul Gonzalez, a New Jersey high school teacher, former Montclair State University All-American basketball player, and founder of the Christian basketball organization 4-One.
CHCC provides a broad continuum of high-quality, compassionate care, offering superior senior-life, short-term rehab, and mental-health services. As a non-profit organization, we deliver care to our community based upon the Christian principles on which we were founded more than a century ago.
Pictured, from left, are Garry Dykhouse, former Chair, Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) Foundation Board of Trustees and CHCC volunteer; his wife Raeann Dykhouse, CHCC volunteer, both residents of Wyckoff; and Douglas A. Struyk, CPA, LNHA, CHCC President and CEO, a resident of Wayne.
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Pictured, from left, are Mellanie Chen, Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) Development Associate and resident of Paramus, and Nancy Maphis, CHCC Long-term Care Admissions Coordinator and resident of Hawthorne.
Pictured, from left, are Hank Schuurman, CHC, Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) Facilities Management Vice President and resident of Hawthorne; Darcy Bickert, CHCC Foundation Assistant Director and resident of Midland Park; and keynote speaker Retired Lt. Col. Nathan Sassaman.
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Pictured, from left, are Robert Zierold, Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) Human Resources and Professional Development Senior Vice President; Garry Dykhouse, former Chair, Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) Foundation Board of Trustees and CHCC volunteer; his wife Raeann Dykhouse, CHCC volunteer, both residents of Wyckoff; and Joe Papola, CHCC Consultant and resident of Ridgewood.