2002-04-27 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Chatting With Chapey by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey
Hadassah Heart Luncheon: May 14th at The Silver Gull

The Rockaway Park Chapter of Hadassah will be sponsoring its annual heart luncheon on Tuesday, May 14th at 11:30 AM at the Silver Gull.

Kudos go the Fay Cohen, the chairwoman of this event.  This is Fay's forty-second year chairing this luncheon.  This is an outstanding record of service.  Fay has a true commitment to furthering the important medical research on heart ailments done at Hadassah Hospital.  Congratulations to Fay for her perseverance and determination on this worthwhile activity.  She has an enviable record of success.

Marilyn Blicksilver the effervescent, dynamic and cheerful programming chairperson of the Chapter is the cornerstone of the interesting and informative activities of our Hadassah group.

This year at the Heart Luncheon, Hadassah is honoring two outstanding leaders who have very big hearts, Monsignor Martin Geraghty and Renee Freeman.  Both of these individuals have worked to improve our community.

Monsignor Martin Geraghty is the well-known and popular pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church.  Monsignor Geraghty has a demonstrated capacity for strong leadership and the ability to unify and motivate others into moving toward a shared goal or vision.  His outstanding and stellar leadership accounts for the vibrancy and growth of the parish.  During this crucial year, when our community was hit with the tragedies of September 11 and November 12, Monsignor Geraghty has stood as a source of strength.  Everyone values his warmth and generosity of spirit.

Monsignor Geraghty is a recognized scholar.  He had been chosen (prior to
his coming to St. Francis) to study the scriptures and cannon law in Rome.

This is a very distinguished honor accorded to only a few.  He spent several years studying at the Vatican.  In addition, he served as the Academic Dean of Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston.  He is the perfect combination of a scholarly and people oriented pastor.  His keen
intelligence, quick wit, and ready smile comfort and strengthen to our

Renee Freeman is the energetic, motivating force in the Rockaway Park Chapter of Hadassah.  Renee has served as the President over the last eight years.  Through her exemplary leadership the Chapter has grown. Renee works tirelessly to enhance the quality of American and Jewish life through education and health awareness.  She provides opportunities for personal enrichment and growth for the Chapter members.  Renee has a demonstrated competency in promoting excellent programs through Hadassah.  She is a woman of distinguished achievement, vision and service.  She has a high level of effective communication skills, the ability to work enthusiastically with diverse groups and a solid moral and ethical commitment to promoting the goals of Hadassah.

Each year at the Snow Bird Luncheon, Renee and her committee successfully raise funds to provide layettes for needy children who seek assistance at Hadassah Hospital regardless of their religious or ethnic affiliation.  This program allows young mothers to provide for their new babies.

Renee Freeman has instilled her strong value for service to others in her family.  I have had the opportunity to know her son as a strong and dedicated professional.  He always goes the extra mile to ensure the success of the children in his school.  He is a catalyst for strong and positive change. 

He, like his parents, is also dedicated to the principle that advancement and cooperation in education and medicine transcend political, religious and national boundaries.

Renee Freeman has a strong commitment to Hadassah Hospital at Mount Scopus in Israel.  It is a world-renowned medical complex, which supports healing, teaching and research.  Each year over 600,000 patients from all over the world seek medical treatment through the Hadassah Medical Organization.

Hadassah Hospital is well known for its world class, cutting edge research projects which have resulted in significant medical breakthroughs.

Congratulations to Monsignor Geraghty and Renee Freeman for their life long commitment to helping others.

Through coming to the luncheon and supporting Hadassah Hospital you are helping it to remain an academic center of excellence.  You are helping to provide much needed medical resources.

I look forward to seeing you at the lunch.

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