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JANUARY 2018 DONORS
READ OUR NEW "FOUNDATION CONNECTION"
The Cole Foundation is proud to introduce our new Executive Director, Andrea Streich, and kick-off 2018 with a new "Foundation Connection" newsletter. To read the current season's edition, please click the link below...
WINTER 2018 - FOUNDATION CONNECTION
WOMEN OF THE MOOSE DONATE TO COLE FOUNDATION
The Galeton Chapter of Women of the Moose #556 made a donation of $1,817 to the Cole Foundation for Galeton's 2018 Mammography Fund. If a Galeton woman needs to have a mammogram and is un-insured or has a co-pay, this money is to be used for those costs.
The funds were raised from a cooking classes taught by Lynae Gurnsey and sponsored by the Women of the Moose. Pictured seated from the left: Howie Doud - Governor of the Galeton Moose #826, Andrea Streich - Executive Director of the Cole Foundation, Cynthia Froebel - Sr. Regent of WOTM and Greg Froebel - Administrator. 2nd row: Terri Dennison - Recorder, Mary Jo Collins, Cindy Gitchell - Secretary, Sandy Cimino, Charlene Goodreau - Jr. Gradient Regent. Back Row: Bob Gitchell, Kate Holler, Karen Dubots and Mike Murray. (Photo by Andy Lychalk, Jr.)
Women can call and set-up an appointment at Cole or contact Cynthia Froebel at 814-274-9301 ext. 6111 or contact a member of the WOTM.
2017 "LIGHT UP A LIFE" SHINES FOR LOCAL PATIENTS
On the evening of Thursday, December 7, approximately 150 people attended the Cole Foundation’s sixth annual “Light Up A Life” celebration on Cole Memorial Hospital’s campus. Each light on the tree represents a contribution in honor and remembrance of a loved one.
Prior to the crowd singing carols led by the North Country Voices choir and lighting the 60-foot tree, the Cole Foundation’s Executive Director Andrea Streich, provided a welcome message. Cole Memorial’s Hospice Chaplain Reverend Philip Sanders shared an invocation and special remarks were presented by Andrea Heller, DO, regarding Cole Memorial’s Hospice services and the new Palliative Care clinic.
Family members of Cora Watson memorialized her by flipping the switch for the tree lighting.
Proceeds from this event support the needs of hospice and cancer patients at Cole Memorial. To date, over $13 thousand has been donated to this year’s campaign. View the program's list HERE.
“Cole Foundation wishes to thank everyone who donated and those who helped with this special ceremony,” said Andrea Streich. “We’re truly touched and blessed by the support received from our community for our patients of the Patterson Cancer Center and the Hospice program. My hope is that this event has brought joy to others and given them something beautiful to think about during this holiday season. ”
A special thank you went out to Tri-County Rural Electric, North Country Voices, Cole Memorial’s Hospitality Department, Maintenance Department and decorating team.
Star sponsors include The American Legion Potter Post #192, June Buckler, Gaberseck Brothers, Dr. Bradley Giannotti, Alanna Huck, Fred Menschel and Clifford Wood. Major event sponsors are David and Annette Buckler, Dr. Terrance Foust, Ami Foust and family, Chad and Lauren Jackson, Valarie Jackson, John and Patrice Levavasseur, David and Sue Lush, Ed and Shelby Pitchford, Dr. Saket Prasad and Russ Streich. New holiday banners on the hospital’s campus were sponsored by the Galeton Moose Lodge #826, Robert Hunsinger, Jr. and Virginia Wynick.
To make a donation or recognize someone, contact the Cole Foundation at 814-274-5520 or complete an online form at www.colememorial.org. Each gift will be acknowledged by a special card to the person being honored or the family of the memorialized loved one. All gifts are tax-deductible.
COUDERSPORT GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL PINK RIBBON NIGHT WAS A HIT
Pictured left to right: Joplin Osgood, Haley Keck, Madison Smith, the Cole Foundation’s Executive Director Andrea Streich, Jillian Updegraff, Emma Rae Easton, Emma Powell and Adrian Page.)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Coudersport Lady Falcon’s volleyball team raised $352.00 for this cause at their Pink Ribbon Night on October 12, 2017. The amount raised was doubled by a $704 donation from Chuck and Kim Updegraff in honor of Jillian Updegraff’s grandmother, Judy Regg, a breast cancer survivor. Overall, the event raised a total of $1,056. Since 2012, the Lady Falcons have donated $7,222.68 to the Cole Foundation to help local patients at the Patterson Cancer Center with their medical expenses, transportation and the medications they may need, but can’t afford. Way to go Lady Falcons and thank you again Updegraff family!
COLE FOUNDATION HELD 24th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Cole Foundation board and staff wish to express their appreciation to all participants, sponsors, and volunteers of the 24th Annual Cole Foundation Golf Classic which was held on August 23, 2017. In addition to having a pleasant day at the Coudersport Golf Club, the event raised $33,471.67. All of the money raised from this event will go to support the Cora’s Cuddles Fund. This fund was recently established to provide patients and their families, across Cole Memorial, with comfort measures beyond what medical and clinical services can offer. From a child dealing with their first broken bone to a Hospice patient receiving the end of life care, we want to ensure that all have a positive and satisfying experience. Cora’s Cuddles will make it possible for Cole Memorial to provide small items that have the power to make a big difference in the lives of our patients and their families.
The 2017 team winners of the tournament were:
First flight – Mike Kurtz, Dan Schott, Mark Long, Mike Wetzel
Second flight – Larry Hall, Don Kirby, Jim Lane, Bob Smith
Third flight – Scott Bice, Scott Brewer, Doug Resig, Tom Sherman
The Cole Foundation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting and enhancing the work of Cole Memorial as it serves its community by promoting awareness of health needs and goals and identifying and connecting donors to those needs. For more information or to donate to the Cole Foundation, please call Andrea Streich at 814-274-5520.
OPERATION APPRECIATION RECOGNIZES/SUPPORTS VETERANS
(Pictured: 12-year-old Wyatt Daisley placed a flag at Cole's campus to memorialize his uncle, Lt. William E. Daisley. Lt. Daisley lost his life during a military training exercise more than 20 years ago. A donation by Richard and Mary Buchanan was given to the Cole Foundation in memory of Lt. Daisley.)
The Cole Foundation's "Operation Appreciation" was coordinated with our community to say "Thank You" to our local veterans for the sacrifices they have made.
On July 1-7, 2017, Cole Memorial Hospital's campus will be decorated with hundreds of American flags to honor and remember veterans by their family and friends.
All donations from this event will go back to our local veteran patients at Cole Memorial. All gifts are tax deductible.
The names of those honored or memorialized will be displayed in the hospital's lobby and are listed at the end of this VIDEO.
For more information about this or other Cole Foundation events, please call Andrea Streich at 814.274.5520.
COLE FOUNDATION'S 2017 5K RESULTS
Thank you so much to all those that came out on Sunday, May 21, to bring awareness to breast cancer at the 2017 Cole Foundation Pink Ribbon 5K and Kids Fun Run! See walkers' and runners' results HERE.
CHURCH MEMBERS CREATE HEART-WARMING GIFTS
On January 31, 2017, Amber Pifer, a 17-year old senior from Keating Summit, made a donation to the Patterson Cancer Center. Amber, along with 3 others from the Open Arms Community Church in Port Allegany crocheted 57 items to donate to our local patients. Pictured above is Amber with two patients from the Patterson Cancer Center, Charlotte Preston and Marcia Lamar. After having a great-aunt with cancer, Amber remembered her aunt always being cold and she felt compelled to help those with cancer in our local community. Thank you Amber for delivering these generous gifts and for "warming" the hearts of our patients!
TWO STUDENTS BUILD HOLIDAY LOVE
On December 23, 2016, Kaileigha Gustafson and Candyce Lloyd brought an early Christmas present to the residents of Cole Manor in Coudersport. The two ninth grade students from Port Allegany High School delivered a bench that they made in their Wood Shop class. Pictured on the bench are students Kaileigha and Candyce with residents John Howard "Howie" Gustafson and Ruth Williams. Kaileigha is the granddaughter of both Howie and Ruth. Thank you so much girls for all the time you spent making this beautiful bench and for sharing your gift with Cole Manor's residents.
REACH OUT & READ PEDIATRICS PROGRAM GETS A BOOST
The Cole Foundation and Cole's Pediatrics express appreciation to the American Legion Potter Post 192, led by Commander John Orlowski (pictured on left), for their $1,200 donation to support the Pediatricians' "Reach Out & Read" program. Dr. Mary Ann Rigas helped to launch this effort several years ago and presented the results to the American Legion at their December 12 meeting. Last year, over 1,000 books were distributed to children six-months to five-years old during their well-child exams, while parents were educated on the value of reading aloud to their children for intellectual growth and development. "We appreciate the ongoing support from the American Legion each year for this important program," stated Patrice Levavasseur, executive director of the Cole Foundation (pictured on the right).
(Pictured left to right with members of the Patterson Cancer Center team Cheryl Roselyn, JoAnn Tanner, Jamie Brimmer, BJ Lowther, Marcia Austin, Lynn Collins, Theresa Robinson, Maureen Barkley, Harry Barkley)
McKEAN COUNTY LEGION SUPPORTS CANCER PATIENTS
McKean County Legion Riders Post 976 presented a check for $500 on December 2, 2016 to the Cole Foundation in support of the Patterson Cancer Center and the cancer care fund. This fund supports direct patient care needs such as transportation, medication and medical costs.
According to some of the Riders, "They personally drove friends over here for services and couldn't say enough about our caring staff."
We greatly appreciate this donation to help local cancer patients!
2017 HEART OF COLE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
Cole Foundation is excited to announce the 2017 Heart of Cole Scholarship recipients. The Heart of Cole Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance for current Cole Memorial employees and/or dependent child(ren) of an employee enrolled in undergraduate studies in community colleges, colleges, trade schools, or universities. This scholarship fund is made possible by Cole Memorial’s Employee Giving Club. See the list of recipients HERE.