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Monongahela Valley Hospital's 25th Gala Raises $129,000



Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Vice President of Fund Development shares a moment with emcee Jennifer Antkowiak from KDKA-TV at the hospital’s Gala 25 on May 18.

At Gala 25, Monongahela Valley Hospital honored special friends, benefactors and members of the health care family who have distinguished themselves in the areas of philanthropy, board leadership, medicine and civic well-being. They are, from left: Patrick G. O’Brien, Jeff M. Kotula, Nirmal D. Kotwal, M.D., and Carl Crawley Jr.

MVH President Emeritus Anthony M. Lombardi and his wife Barbara pose with MVH President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. and Cheryl Timko, RN, at the hospital’s 25th Gala on May 18.

During the awards presentations, 3-year-old Arjun Doshi, surprised the crowd and his grandparents, Nirmal and Deepak Kotwal, by sprinting on to the main stage to present her with a bouquet as she received her award. Emcee Jennifer Antkowiak watches with MVH President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. and Mon-Vale Health Resources Fund Development Committee Chairperson S. P. Hewie, M.D.

The MVH 2013 Gibbons Award for Dimensions in Community Service Carl Crawley Jr. and Sara visit with Gala 25 emcee Jennifer Antkowiak and Peacock Keller’s Charles Keller and his wife Carol.

(May 22, 2013 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Over the past 25 years, themes for Monongahela Valley Hospital’s (MVH) annual Gala included everything from a Mexican fiesta to castles and knights, circuses, cowboys and even pirates.  

But for its 25th Gala on May 18, guests reveled in the charm and sublime elegance of a silver anniversary and its nostalgia for “An Evening to Remember,” at the Westin Convention Center and Hotel in Pittsburgh. Nearly 600 guests attended.

The event raised $129,000 and a total of $2.529 million over the last 25 years, according to Sara Schumacher, vice president of Fund Development for MVH.

The event, which was sponsored by the Mon-Vale Health Resources Fund Development Committee and MVH’s Office of Fund Development, celebrated one business and three exemplary individuals for their commitment to excellence with Dimensions in Performance Awards.
These awards honor the multi-dimensional talents of special friends, benefactors and members of the health care family who have distinguished themselves in the areas of philanthropy, board leadership, medicine and civic well-being.

First Federal Savings Bank, represented by its President and CEO Patrick G. O’Brien of Amity, received the 2013 Rose Award for Dimensions in Philanthropy. This award recognizes members of the community for their benevolence and dedication to the enhancement of quality health care.
Nirmal D. Kotwal, M.D., of Pittsburgh, received the Sickman-Levin Award for Dimensions in Medicine. Dr. Kotwal serves as Monongahela Valley Hospital’s director of Pathology. This award honors outstanding physicians who contribute to health care in the mid Mon Valley.

Jeff M. Kotula, of Washington, received the 2013 Pallone Award for Dimensions in Board Leadership. Mr. Kotula is the secretary of both Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Board of Trustees and the Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. Board of Directors (the hospital’s parent company). This award recognizes excellence in service to both boards.

Carl Crawley Jr., of New Eagle, received the 2013 Gibbons Award for Dimensions in Community Service. Mr. Crawley is an accomplished local sports figure and coach who has committed his life to helping non-profit organizations from churches and the Scouts to the United Way. This award honors those who are dedicated to the health, social and civic needs of area residents and help to improve the quality of life.

Gala 25 began with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.  KDKA-TV (CBS) news anchor Jennifer Antkowiak served as emcee for the evening.

“An Evening to Remember” concluded with a coffee bar and one of Pittsburgh’s finest variety bands, Finesse, a 14-piece “Superband” that has opened for Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago and David Sanborn. Guests danced until midnight.

VIPs in attendance included:

Awardees and their guests:
First Federal Savings Bank, represented by its President and CEO Patrick G. O’Brien and Chris
Nirmal D. Kotwal, M.D. and Deepak
Jeff M. Kotula and Michelle
Carl Crawley Jr. and Sara

Other VIPs and their guests:
Congressman Tim Murphy
Chairman of Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi with Mary Jeanne Maggi
MVH President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. with Cheryl Timko
MVHR Board Chairman John “Jack” D. Fry with Karen Fry
MVH Medical Staff President Dr. Walter Cox with Beth
Mon-Vale Health Resources Fund Development Committee  Chairperson S.P. Hewie, M.D.
MVH Board of Trustees Vice Chairman R. Carlyn Belczyk
Emcee KDKA-TV (CBS) News Anchor Jennifer Antkowiak
Consol Energy Mike Somales
Hospital Council of Western PA A.J. Harper and Jamie
Limbach Company LLC Vice President Mike Balistreri and Anna Balistreri
Rose Plastic President Ken Donahue and Sue
Pittsburgh Transportation Jamie Campolongo and Darlyn
PNC Connie Genco
Volpatt  Raymond Volpatt Sr., and Raymond Volpatt Jr. and Tracy

Mon-Vale Health Resources Fund Development Committee
Chairperson S.P. Hewie, M.D.
Lillian C. Beattie
David T. Hunter
Jeff M. Kotula
R.G. Krishnan, M.D.
Anthony M. Lombardi
Maureen Lusk
Karen L. Quinto
Charles F. Muia
Louis J. Panza Jr.
Sara Schumacher
Daniel F. Simmons

VIPs in attendance included:

Board Members and their guests
Chairman John “Jack” D. Fry and Karen
Richard Barcelona and Sherry
Lillian Beattie
Mrs. R. Carlyn Belczyk and Gene
S.P. Hewie, M.D.
David T. Hunter and Leslie Kirkland
William J. Miller Jr. and Joyce
Chuck Muia

Medical Staff and their guests
Dr. Estuardo Aguilar and Cherie Hnatow
Dr. Adil Chaudry and Amee
Dr. Chito Crudo and Josie
Drs. Natalie Furgiuele-Iracki and Daniel Iracki
Dr. Hiram Gonzalez and Ms. Nicole McKinley
Dr. Mark Hofbauer and Cindy
Dr. Alex Kandabarow and Dr. Lori Cherup
Dr. Supote S. Komen and Sutinee
Dr. R.G. Krishnan
Dr. Thad Osowski and Vivian
Dr. Ari Pressman and Stacey
Dr. Andrews Spergel and Melissa
Dr. Oscar Urrea and Diana



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