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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

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!
Tickets can be purchased online at: or by calling 315-703-0732.



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 infirmed 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.


You’re cordially invited to join us for an evening of celebration as we honor Cynthia Stevenson, Dr. Robert Anderson and
Patricia Curtin, three extraordinary individuals who have 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 or 315-703-0732.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at our Summer Celebration!


Calling All “Fashionistas!”

If you think everyday is a fashion show and the world is your runway, then do the Friends of St. Camillus have an event for you!

Please see the invitation below – the Friends of St. Camillus cordially invite you to “Spring into Summer” and join us for an afternoon of fashion and fun on Saturday, April 29th from Noon to 3 PM at Drumlins Country Club!

Enjoy a live fashion show featuring spring and summer fashions, shopping at our on-site boutique from Jane Morgan’s Little House of Aurora, NY (10% of sales will be donated back to St. Camillus!), your choice of luncheon fare, and live entertainment by the incomparable Letizia.

Celebrity models and lots of valuable Gift Card cash raffles, too!

Menu: Italian Wedding Soup, your choice of either Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken or Vegetable Lasagna, Artisan Breads from Pascale Bakehouse, Fruit Tart Dessert, Coffee or Tea. Cash Bar Available.

Can you believe you get all this for only $30??!! Remember, all proceeds benefit the Friends of St. Camillus who give back to The Centers at St. Camillus to improve the daily quality of life for our residents and patients.

Hurry, the deadline for your paid reservations/tickets is next Friday, April 14th. Let us know who you’d like to sit with and we’ll do our best to accommodate you and your friends. After all, “that’s what Friends are for,” right?

Thank you and join us!


Caregivers Need Help!

Here at St. Camillus, Thursday, February 16th and Friday, February 17th, we have the opportunity to train the people who will then train individuals to be respite care workers called REST Companions™.

Interested in applying?
Please contact Cheryl Hylton in Staff Education before February 6th
at 703-0733 or

Help us cross the finish line and reach our fundraising goal by being
part of the St. Camillus Pit Crew at
“The Best Party in Town!”

The Syracuse Auto Dealers Association’s
19th Annual Charity Preview Gala
Wednesday, February 15, 2017   •   6:30 pm at the Oncenter

Who doesn’t love the look, feel and smell of a brand new car? Here’s your chance to experience dozens of them up close and personal under one roof, all while being wined and dined and entertained in style. This black-tie optional event is a party not-to-be-missed! And, because of the Syracuse Auto Dealer Association’s incredible work on our behalf, 100% of your generous sponsorship or purchase of tickets will benefit The Centers at St. Camillus! See detailed event information below.



Join us for our 5th Annual RED, WHITE and BREW wine and beer tasting event!
Sunday, October 30th, 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 12 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 and enter to win one of our many amazing raffles! Some are too good to be true.

And we’ll be sure to have sports on TV, so you won’t miss the games! All guests will take home a gift bag compliments of our sponsors (Siemens, Christopher Community, Inc., Lab Alliance, Brown & Brown Empire State, and Harbor Pharmacy). Bring your friends for an afternoon of fun! A cash bar will also be available, and there’s a good chance the party will continue after 4 pm!

St. Camillus to honor Laura Hand, Scott McClurg and Patrick VanBeveren at the Celebration of Service, Friday, September 30

Service to others is the heart of what we do at St. Camillus, so we’re going to celebrate it in style AND YOU’RE INVITED!

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!

St. Camillus to Host Job Fair: August 31st, 2016

Are you in the nursing field and looking for a terrific and rewarding place to work? Then look no further!

The Centers at St. Camillus is hosting a Job Fair for RNs, LPNs, CNAs, HHAs and PCAs on Wednesday August 31st, 2016, from 2-6 PM in our Building 3 (The Centers at St. Camillus is located at 813 Fay Road in Syracuse, NY, next door to Bishop Ludden Jr./Sr. High School).

No need to schedule an appointment. Just walk in, fill out an application and speak to a professional St. Camillus representative. It’s that easy. We look forward to seeing you!

A Very Special Dedication

Clergy Chair Dedication 1It 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:

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

Aileen Close Up from elbowsWe 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.

Congratulations, Aileen!

Donations are Rolling in for “Spring into Summer” Fashion Show & Luncheon Raffles!

Fashion Show Save Date 2016Every spring, The Friends of St. Camillus – our auxiliary group that raises funds to support The Centers at St. Camillus in its mission to serve the community – hosts the “Spring into Summer” Fashion Show & Luncheon.  This year’s event will be held at Drumlins on Saturday, April 30, from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.   In addition to a live fashion show presented by Jane Morgan’s Little House in Aurora, NY,  a delicious luncheon, and live music provided by Letizia, attendees will have the chance to enter to win one of many prizes, including gift certificates to some of CNY’s favorite eateries. Phoebe’s, Justin’s Grill, The Inn Between, Twin Tree Too, and Eva’s European Sweets are some of the MANY are restaurants represented.

For more information about the “Spring into Summer” Fashion Show & Luncheon, please call 315-703-0731.

St. Camillus Residents to Attend In the Mood

INTHEMOOD_SHOWMAINPICResidents of The Centers at St. Camillus will be attending the upcoming production of the 1940s musical revue, In The Mood with two performances on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 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.

For more information, visit and the show’s affiliate organization, Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive!, at

Talk About Taking It Off and Keeping It Off!

023This 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!

Senior Tap Dancers 3

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!

Solstice Check DonationMusicians 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!

Color Me Decals

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.