MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
You won’t want to miss these upcoming 2018 events!
Red, White and Brew . September 23rd . 1-4 PM . Kitty Hoynes
Wise Guys Comedy Show . November 10th . 8 PM . The Palace Theatre
The Centers at St. Camillus to honor
Michael J. Byrne, Shirley Cruickshank and
Syracuse Auto Dealers Association (SADA)
at our 2018 Celebration of Service!
June 14, 2018 . 6-9 PM . Bellevue Country Club
You’re cordially invited to join us for an evening of celebration as we honor Michael J. Byrne, Shirley Cruickshank and Syracuse Auto Dealers Association (SADA), two extraordinary individuals, and for the first time an organization that has gone above and beyond in serving our community.
The evening begins outdoors with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres “al fresco” (weather permitting), then moves indoors for our program of personal and musical tributes followed by dinner stations, and concludes outdoors once again for coffee and dessert at dusk under the stars.
Tickets are $125 per person with proceeds benefiting The Centers at St. Camillus. For more information or to order tickets, please call 315-703-0822. We’re looking forward to seeing you at our 2018 Celebration of Service!
Mark your calendars for the…
Thank You for Being a Friend
Fashion Show and Luncheon!
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Noon to 3 PM
DoubleTree by Hilton, East Syracuse
Enjoy a live fashion show presented by Jane Morgan’s Little House of Aurora, NY with guest models; Evelyn Carter, Director, Community Relations at Wegmans, Christie Casciano, Author and Anchor for NewChannel9, Barbara Rothschild, Executive VP for the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association and Lindsay Walsh, Provider Onboarding Specialist with St. Joseph’s Health. Enjoy a delicious lunch, enter to win raffles and shop Jane Morgan’s on-site boutique with 10% of all sales being donated back to the Friends of St. Camillus. Ticket price is $35.
For more information, contact the Friends of St. Camillus at 315-703-0822!
Join us for our 6th Annual
RED, WHITE and BREW!
Sunday, October 1st, 2017 . 1-4 pm
Kitty Hoyne’s Irish Pub in Armory Square
Red, White & Brew is a wine and beer tasting event to benefit The Centers at St. Camillus. For only $35, receive a number of sampling tickets to enjoy your choice of various wines and beers at Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub (located at 301 W. Fayette St. in Syracuse). In addition, delicious hot and cold appetizers will be served throughout the day and you can enter to win one of our amazing raffle prizes!
We’ll be sure to have sports on TV, so you won’t miss the games, and a cash bar will also be available. As an added bonus, all guests will take home a gift bag compliments of our sponsors. Bring your friends for a Sunday afternoon of fun!
The Centers at St. Camillus to honor
Cynthia Stevenson, Dr. Robert Anderson and Patricia Curtin
at our Summer Celebration of Service!
August 3rd, 2017 . 6-9 PM . Bellevue Country Club
Honoree Cynthia Stevenson is a crusader for older adults, the indigent and the infirm who personifies compassion, caring and service to others both figuratively and quite literally, as there is not one professional health care organization or caregiver in Central New York that hasn’t been touched and profoundly impacted for the better by her selfless works for our community.
She is Director of Caregiver Services for Onondaga County Department of Adult & Long Term Care Services. This program provides information, education and support to family caregivers of persons age 60 and older and the public. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and completed graduate studies at Cornell University and SUNY at Oswego.
Cynthia has served the aging community and family caregivers for nearly 40 years as Co-Founder
and past Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, CNY Chapter, Care Manager for CNY Elderplanning, and as a board member and volunteer for many local social service organizations.
A respected area educator, administrator and musician, honoree Robert Anderson has served his community by being a member of the United Way County East Human Services Committee, the Syracuse Sunrise Rotary since 1984 and as a Trustee of the St. Camillus Foundation and then Trustee of St. Camillus since 1996 until 2017.
Dr. Anderson is a native Syracusan and earned three college degrees from Syracuse University. He served as a high school math teacher for 16 years and was a school administrator for 18 years at the Jamesville-DeWitt Central Schools. Upon retiring, he went to Le Moyne College as a Visiting Assistant Professor serving as Interim Chair of the Education Department, Interim Director of Graduate Education Programs, Interim Associate Provost and as the first Director of Educational Leadership Programs. He has continued to teach Certificate of Advanced Study courses there in educational leadership as an adjunct Assistant Professor.
Bob served as organist and choir director at the James St. United Methodist Church in Syracuse for 60 years. Since 2016, he has been organist and choir director at Jamesville Community Church. He has served as the Dean of the Syracuse Chapter and New York State chairman of the American Guild of Organists.
Honoree Patricia Curtin served on the Board of Trustees for The Centers at St. Camillus for 20 years – six as Chair – with uncommon devotion. She has participated in and contributed to many of its committees including Finance, Executive, Long Range Planning and Personnel.
Pat’s professional experience as a CPA includes executive financial positions at a several local organizations including the NCNY Conference of the United Methodist Church, Unity Mutual Life Insurance Company, Skaneateles Savings Bank and Agway Insurance Group. She has held seats on the Board of Directors of Byrne Dairy Inc. and Dunk and Bright. She has also volunteered at Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville, the Fayetteville Senior Center, Francis House and Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse, among others. She holds B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Cornell University.
Pat and her late husband, Ray Curtin, have three adult children and two grandchildren. In her spare time Pat enjoys tennis, skiing, and travelling. Pat exemplifies that women can have fulfilling careers, a wonderful family and contribute to our community through meaningful service.
St. Camillus to honor Laura Hand, Scott McClurg and Patrick VanBeveren at the Celebration of Service, Friday, September 30
We can’t wait to honor Laura Hand, Scott McClurg and Patrick VanBeveren – three well-known CNY “super adults” who have dedicated their lives to serving others and who, like us, are the better for it.
Next month’s Celebration of Service will have a fun and informal cocktail party atmosphere with plenty of hors d’oeuvres, dinner stations and cocktails, of course! Plus, we’ll have live spoken and surprise musical tributes to our honorees.
Join us at next month’s Celebration of Service on Friday, September 30th from 6-9 PM at Bellevue Country Club. Proceeds directly benefit The Centers at St. Camillus and the residents and patients whom we serve. $50 of each $125 ticket is a tax-deductible gift to St. Camillus.
Learn more about our honorees, the event and how to purchase tickets from the invitation below.
Cheers! Here’s to Celebrating Service together!
A Very Special Dedication
It has been said that “Giving is not just about making a donation. It’s about making a difference.” We would like to extend our gratitude to those who recently made a difference by donating new chairs to be used by the clergy at The Centers at St. Camillus.
Three chairs were given: One by Davis Mechanical Service, Inc., one in memory of Tom Dugan from his friends and family, and one by the McClurg family. The chairs will be used by the members of the clergy who come for weekly mass, and special masses throughout the year.
The chairs were recently dedicated, and we were delighted to have some of the generous donors present for the dedication. Pictured with the beautiful new chairs are (L to R): Michael Connor, Relationship Development Coordinator, Dc. Tony Paratore, Mary Ellen Steele (daughter of Tom Dugan), Dosie Dugan (Tom’s wife), Fr. Louis Aiello, Candace Lawrence, Pastoral Care Coordinator, and Scott McClurg.
We are truly grateful for these gifts. For more information about donating to The Centers at St. Camillus, please contact Michael Connor at 315-703-0822 or by e-mail: email@example.com.
Striking Out Dementia
Thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in the St. Camillus ALZStars 4th Annual Bowl-A-Rama to strike out dementia on Sunday afternoon, April 10th at the Solvay Recreation Bowling Alleys!
This year there were 10 teams with five bowlers each, and teams consisted of St. Camillus employees, as well as a few friends and family members. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon of fun and camaraderie for a great cause; all funds raised support the Alzheimer’s Association in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Our maintenance department team won the event’s high score honors, while our transportation department won best team name with “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gutter!”
Special thanks to the event’s Co-Chairs, Maureen Lake, Maribeth McGlond and Michelle Viau, and event Committee Members, Mary Ellen Dougherty, Brenda Mahar and Mary Ellen Steele.
Hats Off to Our CNA Career Ladder Graduates!
Today we celebrated the graduation of four of our best and brightest CNAs, as they complete our CNA Graduate Ladder Program. CNAs Michelle Bell, Sarah Dennison, Julie Gonzalez, and Maeghan McIntosh completed a 9-week training program totaling 27 hours of specialized training that covers in-depth topics that are pertinent to the long-term care setting.
Topics included: Safety, Teamwork/Cooperation, Aging and Illness, Communication, Nutrition, Spirituality and Dying, Quality of Life, Dementia Care, and the Importance of Family. Some of the goals of the CNA Ladder Program are to increase the quality of care given to our residents, to enhance professional knowledge and skill sets, and to provide an opportunity for advancement at St. Camillus
Pictured with our graduates are Brenda Godbold, LPN Clinical Instructor, and Brandi Holzhauer, Director of Staff Education. We are proud our graduates for the hard work and commitment to caring for our residents.
St. Camillus President and CEO Aileen Balitz to Receive Lawrence E. Larson Award
We are very pleased to announce that Aileen Balitz, President and CEO of The Centers at St. Camillus, has been named this year’s recipient of LeadingAge New York’s highest honor, the Lawrence E. Larson Memorial Award of Honor.
LeadingAge New York represents not-for-profit, mission driven and public continuing care providers. The organization’s highest award honors the late Larry Larson, the association’s first chairman, and pays tribute to his distinguished service, dedication and foresight in aging.
The award is given to a member who has made outstanding contributions to the field and is a recognized leader at the state and national level with a reputation for humanitarian achievement and professional vision.
St. Camillus Residents to Attend In the Mood
Residents of The Centers at St. Camillus will be attending the upcoming production of the 1940s musical revue, In The Mood with two performances at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater in downtown Syracuse.
In The Mood celebrates America’s Greatest Generation through the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other idols of the 1940s. In The Mood takes a look at America’s Swing Era, the last time when everyone listened and danced to the same style of music!
It recreates defining moments from the 1930s and 1940s, from the happy-go-lucky era before WWII, to the start of the war when thousands of our youth were going abroad to defend our freedoms, and longing for the end of the war when loved ones would be reunited.
Talk About Taking It Off and Keeping It Off!
This past September, St. Camillus employees entered our first-ever “Weight Loss Challenge” with the goal of losing weight in a healthy way. Every week for nine weeks, employees weighed in and received $1 for every pound they lost. As further incentive, participants were able to weigh-in at the end of the year. Three of our employees – Joanne Parkhurst, Mary Cassidy, and Caroline Owusu-Bannie – not only kept off the weight, they lost more! To reward them for their efforts, they each received a $50 gift card.
Pictured celebrating the ladies’ achievement are Aileen Balitz, President and CEO of The Centers at St. Camillus and Lisa Bittel, Occupational Health Nurse.
Congratulations Joanne, Mary, and Caroline!
They’ve Got Rhythm!
Big thanks to Our Town Tappers, who stepped by for a visit recently.
This lovely group of dancers from the Town of Onondaga Parks and Recreation tapped their way into the hearts of our residents on Monday.
Under the direction of Joyce McLaughlin, these talented ladies perform at various venues throughout the community. Some of the dancers have been in this group for many years, and it certainly shows in their smooth moves!
Thank you, ladies for getting our toes tapping!
Music to Our Ears!
Musicians Bob Halligan, Jr. and Joe Whiting made a visit to St. Camillus today to present us with a donation of $1,000. St. Camillus was the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from Solstice at the Cathedral, a live music event that was held in December.
Pictured with Bob and Joe are Mike Zingaro, Vice President of Finance, Aileen Balitz, President and CEO of St. Camillus, Christine Kearney, Vice President of Rehabilitative Services and Organizational Development, and Mike Schafer, Vice President of the Nursing Facility. Thank you to the organizers of Solstice at the Cathedral and all who attended for your generosity!
You Gotta Have Art!
If you’ve seen the Annual Giving Garden, which graces the main hallway here at St. Camillus, then you are familiar with My Wonderful Walls’ creations.
My Wonderful Walls is the company that produces and personalizes the trees, flowers, butterflies, birds, and other elements that make the Giving Gardens so beautiful.
Recently, our friends at My Wonderful Walls were looking for volunteers to try their new Color Me Decals. They asked if some of our residents might want to lend their artistic talents to help color their new designs. Mary Ellen Steele, Director of Recreation Services, had just the right artists in mind!
Pictured adding their creative flair are Rosemary Klug, Henrietta Jaskula, Mary Ellen Steele (Director of Recreation Services), and Angela Scaffido.