Spring 2014 Newsletter

Greetings from the Forget Me Not Foundation! We have been busy since we last saw many of you at the fundraiser and wanted to keep you up to date on all our recent activities. This year’s fundraiser was again an incredible success thanks to all of our generous supporters. We were able to raise over fifteen thousand dollars which will be put to good use this year in support of our mission. 












In February we purchased and delivered a digital camera, memory cards, and a photo printer for the HUMC NICU. These items along with a supply of memory boxes will now standardize the care of families suffering a loss at HUMC. We are planning a bereavement training program with the Labor & Delivery and NICU units at HUMC this October.

We recently created informational pamphlets that we are using to branch out to area hospitals in order to provide them with our memory boxes and supportive materials. In February, we delivered memory boxes to Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge, NJ. We are also providing bereavement materials to Pascack Valley and Chilton hospitals and are continuing to foster more connections using our beautiful new pamphlets.

We are proud to announce we have updated the website! Many thanks to Casey Masterson and Blue 262 for the website redesign. Please take a look at fmnfoundation.com and let us know what you think!



The 5th Annual “An Evening to Remember” will be held on October 23rd at The Venetian in Garfield. Many of our kind supporters have asked about donating gift baskets for the raffle. We are now accepting donations and we are always grateful for your help! This year we are also accepting bottles of wine valued at $20 or more for our bottle pull at the event. For information on how to donate or volunteer, email us at info@fmnfoundation.com.

We look forward to celebrating 5 years with you in October!


After a group of our Nurses and Child Life Specialist attended the RTS conference last spring, we decided to form a Bereavement Committee in the NICU.  Our committee started by assembling a Bereavement Cart to store all of our bereavement supplies, paperwork, a bereavement resource binder for the bedside nurse, and our new camera/printer/SD cards. We've also implemented placing the tear drop/leaf card on our break-room and locker room doors to ensure sensitivity from staff.  All of these supplies (generously given to us by the Forget-Me-Not Foundation) have helped us to create special memories for our families.  These families are so touched by each and every keepsake in our memory boxes.  Our committee has been able to bring awareness to our staff, and as a result, many of our staff members have an increased level of comfort when caring for our bereaved families, thereby providing consistent support. We have collaborated with the bereavement team from L&D to make sure that we are both providing the same memory-making opportunities to our bereaved families.  We will also be teaching an RTS training class together to more of our staff this fall. Thank you for all of your support.  Your dedication and generosity truly makes an impact, and touches so many hearts. 

-Jessica RN, NICU HUMC



Founder’s Note:

Dear Friends,

As we have grown as an organization we have met so many amazing and exceptional people along the way. We would not have gotten this far without the help we have received from our families, friends, and new friends we have made through FMN. Special thanks to Cathy Dutches whose extraordinary efforts over the years earned her a special place in our hearts and the FMN Angel Award of 2013. We also have recently welcomed a new board member in Mary McCarthy. Mary brings a wealth of experience in PR and has added an exciting new voice to our team! Thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in October for our best event yet.

-Melissa & Dave Barry




Thank you again to our generous donors from 2013:





Blue 262 Creative

Cathy Dutches

Classic Auto Spa

Masterson Pools

Secor Farm

The Nakasone Family




A Lawns & Stone

Andrew & Brooke Reger


Dan & Rosmary Bright

Greg & Sons Auto Service Inc.

HackensackUMC NICU Staff

Inserra ShopRite

Joan Masterson

Kelly Masterson

Kim & Bill Cerretta

Ray & Donna Barry

Tom & Caryn Steiner

Walt Disney World





Beers Flower Shop

Bob Garrett & Hackensack University Medical Center

Brooklyn Brewery

Capture Technologies

Chelsea Piers

Claudia Bright

Denise Crosta

Dineen DiBari

Dr. Barry Love

Eat Smart


Former Troopers Association

Herb & Tiamecua Roberts

Janet Peluso

Jason Taylor & Kate Finnefrock

John & Jenny Barry

Karen Praschil

Maureen Casey

Maureen VanSlyck

Mickey Wilder

Ryan & Mary McCarthy

Tara Masterson

The Havens Family

Tom & Kelly Nakasone

Wayne PBA Local 136



A Mano

A & P Supermarket

Adventure Aquarium

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

Araya Rebirth

Arthur Murray Dance Studios

Aubrey Cannatella

Barbara Kelly

Best Western Plus FEI

Binboa Vodka

Build a Bear

Cabot Cheese

Canvas on Demand

Carolyn Amoresano

Casey Callan

Chelsea Handler

Corrado’s Market

Cucina Calandra

Daniel Lynch

DeMarcus Ware

Doherty Enterprises

Dr. Ben & Anita Dispenzarie

Fair Haven

Fric N Frac

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace

Green Mountain Coffee

Hasbrouck Heights Hilton

Hesperides Organica

It’s Greek to Me

Jim & Jeanette O’Connor

Joe & Donna Cannatella

John Travolta

Joseph Amoresano

JT Wines and Spirits

Katie Burns

Kelly Wilson

La Lanterna

Lenfam Management

Liberty Science Center

Linda Dudas

Lisa Thomas Salon

Lisa Vreeland

Lou & Annamarie Cerretta

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Marge Jingo

Maria Garcia

Moxie Salon

Mt. View Auto Body

Namaste Organic Spa

Panera Bread


Paula Deen

Pete & Jean Barry

Red Box

Red Mango

Robert Munsch

Rossi Company of Ridgewood Paint & Wallpaper

Sanzari’s New Bridge Inn

Sarah & Fred Herrmann

Six Flags Great Adventure


The Daily Treat

The Fountain Spa

The Melting Pot

The NY Giants

The NY Jets

The NY Mets

The Rude Family

The Sak

The Shannon Rose

Tito’s Burritos

Toys R Us

Trader Joe’s

Val & John Delloiacono

V Capelli




And Our Fantastic Restaurants:


The Melting Pot


354 Steakhouse

DiBari’s Catering

Tito’s Burritos

Village Green Restaurant

Lepore’s Italian Market

Assembly Steakhouse

Blue Moon Mexican Café

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

The Shannon Rose Irish Pub

The Chart House

Just Souper

The Office Beer Bar & Grill

The Venetian