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Finger Lakes Health Recognizes Volunteers and Auxilians at Annual Celebration
Last month, the Waterloo/Seneca Falls Holiday Inn provided the setting for a recognition event honoring volunteers and Auxilians serving Finger Lakes Health. The event was a thank you to the 200 volunteers, Auxilians, and students who contributed nearly 16,000 hours and raised over $22,000 for the health system in 2012.

Special guests from Finger Lakes Health included Jim Hiserodt, Senior Vice President, Operations; Lara Turbide, Vice President, Community Services and Executive Director, Finger Lakes Health Foundation; and Dana Schillinger and Robert Kayser, members of the Finger Lakes Health Foundation Board.

Debbie Lockett, assistant administrator at the Huntington Living Center in Waterloo, recognized Alice Wadhams as that facility’s "Auxilian of the Year." Wadhams joined the Taylor-Brown Auxiliary over 30 years ago, and has held positions of Chapter Chairman (Chapter 6), and Auxiliary president in the past. She was voted Auxiliary treasurer in 2004, and has held the position ever since. Wadhams is active in all Auxiliary fundraising events and is committed to Huntington Living Center residents, families, and staff of Finger Lakes Health.

Loree MacKerchar, community relations manager for Finger Lakes Health, recognized Gail Hudson and Marilyn Smith. They both spend time volunteering on the Lobby-Information Desk at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. Additionally, they are both members and officers of the S&S Auxiliary Board and assist with many fund-raising projects. Thirdly, they take care of all the bookkeeping responsibilities for the Peppermint Parlor at Soldiers & Sailors. Their help, guidance and continued dedication have been a great asset to the health system.

Christen Smith, community outreach coordinator for Finger Lakes Health, presented Julie Krebbs with the Cameo Award. Krebbs is activities supervisor at Living Center North and South as well as a Geneva General Hospital Auxiliary member. Krebbs is a valuable champion of the volunteer program, pairing up community members with living center residents. As an Auxilian, she understands the important role the Auxiliary plays in giving back to the health system, and is a great asset to the group.

The following volunteers/Auxiliary members completed milestone hours of service at Geneva General Hospital and Living Center North and South -- 100 hours: Janet Keebler, Barbara Koczent; 200 hours: Pat Bucklin, Sandy Eberle, Kathy Garcia, Carol Luzzi, Anne Turkett; 300 hours: Suzanne Kirchhausen, Ontario ARC Mobile Meals; 500 hours: Jean Goodwin; 1,000 hours: Nancy Taylor; 1,500 hours: Trudy Driscoll, Pat Melvin; 2,000 hours: Celia Bonetti; and 6,000 hours: Marie Bruno.

The following volunteers/Auxiliary members completed milestone hours of service at Huntington Living Center in Waterloo -- 100 Hours: Carol Lord; 200 hours: Norma Jean Gunkle, Ruth Marshall, Josephine Pace; 300 hours: Pat Avery, Maria Corris; 500 hours: Hillside Children’s Center; 1,000 hours: Janice Stahl; and 1,500 hours: LaFayette Intermediate School.

The following volunteers/Auxiliary members completed milestone hours of service at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital and The Homestead in Penn Yan -- 100 hours: Nancy Scher; 200 hours: Ann Austerman, Susan Lindenmuth; 300 hours: Kathie Sheradin; 500 hours: Doris Carey, Jean Harman; 1,000 hours: Phyllis Alderman, Alberta Henries, Janice Ogden; 1,500 hours: Evelyn Jensen; 3,000 hours: Beverly Gleason, Shirley Jensen; 3,500 hours: Patricia Curtin; and 4,000 hours: Sylvia Eisenhart.

Special recognition went to Marilyn Smith and Gail Yonge for each offering 30 years of volunteer service.

For more information on how to become a volunteer or Auxilian or with Finger Lakes Health, contact Christen Smith at (315) 787-4065.

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