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Auxiliary presents major donation to
Monongahela Valley Hospital

Ruth Antonelli, president of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Resources, Inc., presents three checks to Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of Monongahela Valley Hospital. With the Auxiliary’s contribution to the hospital’s annual Gala and the group’s Volunteen program, the Auxiliary’s donation this year totals $92,000.

During the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc.’s 34th annual dinner, members received awards for reaching volunteer hour milestones at Monongahela Valley Hospital.
Sitting, from left are Dolly Gaudio, who was recognized for 10,000 volunteer hours, while Mary Garris received the Life Membership Award for 25+ years of service. Standing in the front row, from left are Sandy McLuckie and Joyce Armstrong with 2,500 service hours; Patricia Mikula, Priscilla Dorazio and Ruth Antonelli each gave 1,000 hours of service. Back row, from left are recipients with 500 hours of service: Joanne Pireaux, Barbara Bigi, Nancy Eckert, Dorothy Gallagher and Helen Litavec. Carolyn Barger with 2,500 service hours and Gail Jericho with 500 hours were absent.

Volunteen scholarship recipients Kari Spear of Belle Vernon (left, in white) and Alyssa Hamilton of Monongahela (far right) proudly display the Volunteen plaques they received as part of the $500 scholarship from the MVH Auxiliary. Ruthann Dulovich stands between them. She is the recording treasurer and chairperson of the Volunteen program.

(June 29, 2012 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

The members of the Auxiliary of Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc. give their time, energy, and creativity year round to enhance quality patient care at Monongahela Valley Hospital. On June 25, at the 34th annual Auxiliary Appreciation Dinner celebrating the volunteers, the group collectively gave even more.

The Auxiliary made a substantial donation to MVH when its President Ruth Antonelli presented three checks totaling $90,000 to MVH President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr. When combined with the funds the group donated to the hospital’s annual gala in May and to the annual Volunteen Scholarship, the Auxiliary’s 2012 donation climbs to $92,000.

This year’s gift brings the Auxiliary’s 34-year donation total to MVH to more than $3 million.

“On behalf of our board of trustees, employees, physicians and most of all, the patients whose lives you touch every day, I want to express our sincere appreciation for the vital role that the Auxiliary members play in our delivery of excellent care,” said Mr. Panza as he accepted the checks. “There are many ways that this donation can enhance patient care at Monongahela Valley Hospital.”

The group generated the funds for this donation through sales at the MVH Gift Shop and with a multitude of special events held throughout the year, including the Annual Strawberry Festival, an ice cream social, clothes and purse sales, a murder-mystery dinner theater and the Annual Apple Fall Festival.

During the celebration, awards were also presented to Auxiliary members who reached milestone hours of volunteer time at MVH. Recipients included:

• Mary Garris of New Eagle,
Life Membership Award (25 years+ service)
• Dolly Gaudio of Monessen, 10,000 hours
• Joyce Armstrong of Dunlevy, 2,500 hours
• Carolyn Barger of Monongahela, 2,500 hours
• Sandy McLuckie of Charleroi, 2,500 hours
• Ruth Antonelli of Belle Vernon, 1,000 hours
• Patricia Mikula of Monessen, 1,000 hours
• Priscilla Dorazio of Monessen, 1,000 hours
• Barb Bigi of Charleroi, 500 hours
• Nancy Eckert of Monongahela, 500 hours
• Dorothy Gallagher of Charleroi, 500 hours
• Gail Jericho of Donora, 500 hours
• Helen Litavec of Roscoe, 500 hours
• Joanne Pireaux of N. Charleroi, 500 hours

The auxiliary also presented $500 Volunteen Scholarships to two outstanding young people who volunteered at the hospital for a combined 700 hours. Eligible applicants were in the top on third of their graduating class, volunteered at least 100 hours over two years and plan to pursue a health care related career.

The first scholarship was awarded to Alyssa Mae Hamilton, a recent graduate of Elizabeth Forward. A resident of Monongahela, Miss Hamilton volunteered 500 hours over four years in the Medical Oncology department. She plans to pursue a career in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

The second Volunteen Scholarship was presented to Belle Vernon Area High School graduate Kari Ann Spear. Miss Spear plans to pursue a career in nursing at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. She has volunteered at MVH for the past four years for a total of 200 hours in three different departments. including infection control. She lives in Belle Vernon.

After the awards presentation, Auxiliary officers for the 2012-2014 term were installed. They are: President:Ruth Antonelli of Belle Vernon; Past President: Maureen Lusk of Monongahela; Vice-President: Patricia Mikula of Monessen; Recording Secretary: Mary Lou Mudrick of Charleroi; Corresponding Secretary: Dolly Gaudio of Monessen; Treasurer: Sandy McLuckie of Charleroi; Recording Treasurer/Gift Shop Chairperson: Ruthann Dulovich of Monongahela; Finance Officer: Mary Garris of New Eagle; Assistant to the Finance Officer: Lillian Nard of Belle Vernon; Assistant Treasurer: Georgetta Wiles of Belle Vernon








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