2009-03-13 / Community

Peninsula Hospital Center News

Local Residents Honored United Hospital Fund

Top Row (l-r): Kraig DeMatteis, Mary Ogonah, Tara Coogan, Maureen Walsh; middle Row (l-r): Caren Pedolsky, Karen Anderson, Sally Imperato, Honoree John Ward, Dotty Czerkawski, Nadia Murphy, Rosemarie Curley; Front Row (l-r) Cynthia Scott, Cathy Goldsmith, Honoree Peggy DeMatteis, Gertrude Oltchick, Florence Epstein. Top Row (l-r): Kraig DeMatteis, Mary Ogonah, Tara Coogan, Maureen Walsh; middle Row (l-r): Caren Pedolsky, Karen Anderson, Sally Imperato, Honoree John Ward, Dotty Czerkawski, Nadia Murphy, Rosemarie Curley; Front Row (l-r) Cynthia Scott, Cathy Goldsmith, Honoree Peggy DeMatteis, Gertrude Oltchick, Florence Epstein. Peninsula Hospital Center Auxiliary member Margaret (Peggy) DeMatteis and hospital volunteer John Ward were honored by the United Hospital Fund on Friday, March 6 at a luncheon in the Waldorf Astoria's Grand Ballroom. Both Rockaway residents were joined by other auxilians and volunteers from voluntary and municipal New York City hospitals selected to receive this prestigious annual award.

DeMatteis is a lifetime member of the PHC Auxiliary and currently serves as its Vice President for Membership and on its Executive Board. She can often be found at the Hospital Center helping with Auxiliary sales and contributing her expertise to the various fundraising efforts at the hospital. As president of the Belle Harbor Garden Club, she has also helped coordinate Hospital Center beautification efforts.

Following his own courageous and successful battle with brain cancer and with the desire to give back to the hospital and others who helped him, Ward has given many hours each week assisting in the Outpatient Testing Department and most recently, added even more hours as a volunteer in the Hospital Center's new Hospice Unit.

The United Hospital Fund honors distinguished auxilians and volunteers each year for "giving back to the community" through their volunteer initiatives and for the many hours each honoree devotes to volunteer efforts. Peninsula Hospital Center's honorees, joined by their families, friends, other volunteers and auxilians, were welcomed by James R. Tallon, Jr., president of the United Hospital Fund, at a special honoree reception and received accolades from keynote speaker, Sade Baderinwa, co-anchor, WABC-TV Eyewitness News at 5. Each of the honorees was presented with an engraved award to commemorate the occasion.

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