Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital Holds Successful Ball
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Development Board held a successful Annual Chrysanthemum Ball on Saturday, November 6, at RXR Plaza in Uniondale, NY. More than 550 attended the event, enjoying “A Night Under the Stars” and raising more than $260,000 to benefit St. John’s. Three worthy individuals were given the Humanitarian Award: The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano, president and chairman of Episcopal Health Services, Inc.; Merryl Makabali, Development Board member; and Gilbert Makabali, MD, chairman of the Department of Surgery, St. John’s.
The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano, DD, serves as the eighth diocesan bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. In earlier service, he was rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Longmeadow, MA, and rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, North Adams, MA. In downtown Springfield, MA, he initiated “Church Without Walls,” a multi-cultural ministry with and for the communities of the homeless and at-risk populations. As Chief Chaplain of the Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains, he provided pastoral care at an emergency morgue during the “Ground Zero” crisis.
Merryl Makabali became a member of the St. John’s Ladies Auxiliary in 1978, an organization which later became St. John’s Development Board. She quickly became indispensable to the Board, serving as the Decorations Chairman for 14 years, developing and implementing themes for the Board’s Invitational Golf Tournament and the Annual Chrysanthemum Ball.
Dr. Gilbert Makabali has been affiliated with St. John’s for 40 years. For the past 10 years, he has served as chairman of the Department of Surgery, administering the 75-surgeon department and increasing surgical case volume. He also assisted with the surgical residency program at St. John’s, increasing the number of residents to 18 and adding an ophthalmology residency, among other advances. He also helped to establish and lead the Wound Care Center at St. John’s. Dr. Makabali has also been a longtime member of St. John’s Development Board.