LIMA — Various community volunteers at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s were recognized and a $240,000 check was presented from St. Rita’s Volunteer/Auxiliary Resources during the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the UNOH Event Center, Monday.
Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Volunteer/Auxiliary Resources has raised approximately $8.7 million for the medical center since 1953. A total of $900,000 of this year’s contribution will complete the organization’s pledge to fund a 3-D mammography and hybrid operating room.
The remaining $231,000 was to go towards the Legacy Fund, monies established to celebrate the foundresses of the Sisters of Mercy and help address opiate awareness, prevention, education, treatment and more.
Over 950 volunteers, which included 72 college students, 442 adults, 71 shadowing students, 161 summer teen volunteers, and 216 supporting members, helped contribute to the donated funds.
“As Joyce said, you all are the extra hands the extra voice, the extra comfort- all of the things that makes St. Rita’s a wonderful place and you all contribute so much to that environment,” said Dale Gisi, president of Mercy Health-St. Rita’s. “I want to thank you for much for all your service, all of your contributions and all of your commitment to our ministry and mission and I’m happy that you all are here to help us celebrate this 100 years of service.”
Patricia Kubik, a Mercy Health-St. Rita’s volunteer, was awarded the “Catherine McAuley Lifetime Achievement Award in Volunteerism” for her 18 years of experience, her 8,900 hours of service to St. Rita’s, and her emulation of the values of foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley.
Volunteer Makeena Johnson, a freshman at Rhodes State College, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship; Julia Langhals, a senior at Ottovile Local School, was award $500; Gabrielle Romaker, a freshman at Ohio State University, was awarded $1,000 and Ceandra Thurmond, a freshman at Rhodes State College, was awarded $500.
Connie Bueter, Nelda Elmer, Sharon Frymyer, Kenneth Harrod, Judith Howell, Betty Rager, Connie Rees, Heera Shenoy, Phyllis Simon, Marge Snow and Judith E. Wilson were all added to the 2,000 Hour Honor Roll.
“It’s about all the people who are willing to donate their time to St. Rita’s to help us with our mission which is mind, body and spirit and to improve the lives of those in the community,” said Mark Miller, Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Volunteer/Auxiliary Resource Director. “It’s just amazing how many people will donate their hours to help us out.”
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