Newswise — The 10th anniversary celebration of the Hackerman-Patz House at Sinai Hospital was an evening filled with joy, memories and a look toward the future.

Current and former patients at LifeBridge Health, their families, members of the Hackerman family, dignitaries and LifeBridge Health board members gathered to mark a decade since this home away from home for people receiving treatment at LifeBridge Health centers opened its doors to provide a place to rest, recharge and make lasting friendships.

Among the evening’s speakers were Neil Meltzer, president and CEO of LifeBridge Health; Gwenn Eisenberg, coordinator of patient and family activities and a member of the Hackerman family; John Herzenberg, M.D., director of the International Center for Limb Lengthening at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at LifeBridge Health; and Bill Turner, director of the Hackerman-Patz House.

Most importantly, the gathering remembered the legacy of Willard Hackerman, the president and CEO of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, who passed away earlier this year at 95, for the extraordinary man that he was and for the unmatched generosity that he, his wife, Lillian Patz Hackerman, and their families have shown to LifeBridge Health, not only in building this house, but with their dedication to numerous projects over many, many years.

“Mr. Hackerman was a renowned philanthropist, a man of integrity, a sought-after leader and someone with whom his colleagues and friends alike truly enjoyed spending time,” said Meltzer. “I always looked forward to seeing Willard and exchanging the latest news about his beloved Baltimore.”

This huge milestone event had something for everyone, including face painting, caricature drawings and a buffet dinner.

Since the Hackerman-Patz House welcomed its first patients, more than 8,000 families from every state in the United States and every continent in the world have stayed there while their loved ones have been receiving the best medical care. It is conveniently located on the campus of Sinai.

For more information or to make a donation to the Hackerman-Patz House at Sinai, contact Amy Scholnik-Powderly at 410-601-5354 or [email protected].