Close to 200 people gathered at NJ Sharing Network to honor Riley Kogen on her 7th birthday, to celebrate her infectious smile and kind heart, and to remember her lasting gift: donated kidneys that saved the lives of two others.
At the event, Mitch and Ali Kogen both spoke about their daughter and thanked family and friends for their love and generosity. President and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health, Barry Ostrowsky was in attendance and shared the powerful impact that Riley has had on the community and highlighted the partnership between Riley’s Dance and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
“We celebrated the life and legacy of Riley. It was a time for tears and also a time for love and laughter,” said Elisse Glennon, executive director of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation. “We shared how philanthropic support for Riley’s Dance benefits those who are disadvantaged at a pressing and difficult time. Everyone’s generosity is making a difference. It is helping others to dance again, just like Riley loved to dance.”