THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS
Your generous gifts are greatly appreciated. With your support, we are able to provide the best equipment, services and facilities for the delivery of high-quality care to our patients and the communities we serve. Thanks again to the following donors in 2017, so far...
COLE'S I/T TEAM PUTS THE TERM KIND IN KINDLES
(IT employees pictured in back: Jesse Miller, Nathan Tingley, Linda Jones, Sandy Whitman, Daniel Kudrick, Jesse Minor, James Reiner. Front row: Ellen Gerner & Kendra Faulstick from IT with ED Director Shannon Work.)
Cole Memorial’s Information Technology (IT) team recently made a generous donation of new Kindle tablets for children in the Emergency Department (ED).
The idea started when James Reiner was telling his IT co-worker, “I wish there was something we could do...” During one of his late-night visits to the ED, James felt a tug on his heartstrings when he observed a family in the waiting room.
“They clearly hadn’t planned on being there (after all who does?) and you could tell they were already concerned and distressed about whomever they were waiting for, to add to that they had a child who (perceptive as they always are) was aware the adults in his life were dealing with something unpleasant and was badly in need of a diversion,” said Reiner. “I felt a profound desire to assist, so later that week I spoke with one of my co-worker Nate Tingley about this; he had been echoing the same sentiment, having recently witnessed a similar scenario.”
By discussing this in their department, the result was overwhelmingly positive. After going through proper channels to ensure it could be implemented and to make a donation to Andrea Streich in the Cole Foundation, the ED now provides children in the waiting room with a tablet loaded with premier edutainment.
Patients, families, children and the Cole Foundation all appreciate this act of kindness. This proves that no gift is too small for those receiving care at Cole Memorial. If you wish to make a donation of any size, please call the Cole Foundation at 814-274-5520.
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.
(Pictured from left to right first row: Cindy Gitchell, Andrea Streich, Cynthia Froebel, Char Goodroe, Patrice Levavasseur, Theresa Dennison. Second row: Janine Burrier, Karen Dubots and Terry Doud.)
GALETON WOMEN OF THE MOOSE PRESENT A CHECK FOR MAMMOGRAM PROGRAM
Each year, the Galeton Women of the Moose take action to support free mammograms for women in need in their community. Thanks to their "Ladies Night Out" fundraiser, silent auctions, basket raffles and a donation from the Moose Riders, they donated $1,300 to the Cole Foundation for this program.
“The Cole Foundation is extremely grateful to the Women of the Moose for the support they have provided over the years to ensure women in the Galeton area are able to receive needed mammography screenings,” said Cole Foundation’s Executive Director Patrice Levavasseur.
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.
LIGHT UP A LIFE SUCCESS SUPPORTS CANCER PATIENTS
Approximately 100 attended the annual Light Up A Life ceremony on December 1, 2016. $14,000 was raised as of December 7th. 450 people were either honored or memorialized. View the program and list HERE.
New this year is our "Star Sponsor". Ed and Shelby Pitchford donated $500 to shine a star at the top of the tree during the holiday season.
“We wish to thank everyone who donated and those who helped with this special ceremony. The support by our local community for our hospice and cancer patients is greatly appreciated,” said Andrea Streich, assistant director of the Cole Foundation.
A special thank you to the Coudersport Alliance Church worship team, Tri-County Rural Electric, Cole Memorial’s Hospitality Department, Maintenance Department and decorating team.
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!
(Pictured from left: Linda Voss-Plummer, Andrea Streich, Alanna Huck and Ellen Ostroski)
GALETON SCHOOL SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
The Galeton Area School District donated $455.08 to the Cole Foundation on October 18, 2016. This money was raised during the month of October to
increase breast cancer awareness programs. Staff, administration and students donated money to help local women with the cost of mammograms. Alanna Huck, superintendent of Galeton Area School District, matched this amount by donating $456.00 to the same cause. A huge thank you to Galeton Area School District for helping those in need and for bringing awareness to breast cancer in our community!
(Presenting their check to Andrea Streich from the Cole Foundation are seniors: Ally Easton, Kiara Perkins, Macy Gleason and Skyler VanWagenen.)
CHS GIRLS' TEAM VOLLEY FOR BREAST CANCER PROGRAMS
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Coudersport Lady Falcon’s volleyball team raised $819.00 for this cause. The amount raised was matched by Chuck and Kim Updegraff in honor of Jillian Updegraff’s, grandmother, Judy Regg, a breast cancer survivor. This brings the total money raised to $1,638.00, which will go directly to helping 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 Falcon’s!
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.