Through the generosity and civic dedication of a visionary philanthropist, New Jersey hospital and community benefited during his life and after his passing.
Emil Simonetti was actively engaged in his community, supporting a number of organizations by taking leadership positions and giving generously of his time and financial resources. His compassion and dedication will long be remembered, since he has left a legacy of service and a vision for the future.
Simonetti wanted to extend his charitable commitment well beyond his lifetime, through planned giving. After he died on August 1, 2015, much of the former Butler, New Jersey resident’s estate was donated to the causes and institutions he valued most. These included Chilton Medical Center, which received $1.2 million to benefit its Emergency Department. The hospital said that an area of the facility will be dedicated to Emil and his wife Carol.
Tap Into Montville’s recent article, “Former Butler Resident Bequeathed $1.2 Million to Chilton Medical Center,” reported that Emil Simonetti lived a life of service. Simonetti was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II. He also was a Councilman and Police Commissioner of Butler, as well as an advocate for Morris County residents with disabilities.
Simonetti also showed a strong interest in health care: he was involved with several health-centered organizations. He was appointed to two governing boards at Chilton Medical Center, where he contributed his financial expertise and participated on the hospital’s Senior Advisory Committee. In that capacity, he helped to develop programs for the community’s senior population.
“Emil held Chilton in high regard and had great confidence in what we do. He attended many of our fundraising events and was a member of Chilton’s Legacy Circle, expressing his desire to support the hospital through estate planning,” commented Mario R. Rosellini, Jr. of the Chilton Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees.
Rosellini also mentioned that Simonetti talked about leaving a legacy and leaving something to Chilton. The medical center had no idea of the magnitude of his generosity until recently, when it learned of his $1.2 million bequest.
As a result of Simonetti’s gift, the hospital will make improvements to its emergency department, investing in equipment for imaging and diagnostic technology, modernizing its facility and enhancing the center to provide patients and families with a better experience.
Reference: Tap Into Montville (October 18, 2017) “Former Butler Resident Bequeathed $1.2 Million to Chilton Medical Center”