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...
REGISTER FOR COLE FOUNDATION'S MAY 21st 5K
Support local cancer patients at the Cole Foundation's annual 5K Walk-Run and Kids' Fun Run to be held on May 21, 2017 at the Coudersport Wellness Center. See the course MAP. For details or to register, please call 814.274.5520 or get the registration form 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!
(Pictured from left: Valarie Jackson; Emily Lynch, PA-C; Emily Bunnell and Andrea Streich.)
HONOR YOUR CAREGIVER AWARDED TO EMILY LYNCH
On September 27, 2016, Emily Lynch was recognized through the "Honor Your Caregiver Program" for the exceptional care she gave to a recent patient. The Cole Foundation received a generous donation in honor of Emily and a heartfelt letter written about the patient's stay at Cole Memorial. The donor wrote, "Emily's timely presence, professionalism, quiet competence, and obvious concern for the patient's welfare were most impressive. I left feeling that I was dealing with someone who knew what she was doing and was committed to providing the best care possible." Emily was awarded a certificate and pin as recognition for the care she gave. Thank you, Emily for going above and beyond at Cole Memorial!
COLE FOUNDATION HELD 23rd ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Cole Foundation is proud to announce its 23rd annual golf tournament held on August 24, 2016, raised over $34,000 for their healthcare scholarship program. The event hosted 96 golfers at the Coudersport Golf Club.
"The day was beautiful and fun for all who participated at our golf outing this year," said Patrice Levavasseur, executive director of the Cole Foundation. "I wish to thank all of the sponsors, donors, players, volunteers and staff that put together an excellent event to support local students seeking scholarships to pursue careers in the medical field."
Congratulations to the following first place winners of the tournament:
Flight #1: Dan, Joe, Nick & Dr. John Marzo
Flight #2: A.J., Dan, Joe & Rory Kightlinger
Flight #3: Stephen Menter, David Renaud, Jerry Schnitzius, Winston Woodard.
For more information about the Cole Foundation and donating to the healthcare scholarship program, call 814-274-5520 or email email@example.com.
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT GIFT FROM T-SYSTEM AWARD
In March 2016, Cole Memorial’s Emergency Services Department led by Shannon Work, RN, MSN, NE-BC (pictured on the right) was recognized with a T-System Client Excellence Award for “Excellence in Process Improvement”.
As part of the national award, T-System also made a donation to the Hospital’s Foundation to support patient services. Chairman of the Cole Foundation David Buckler was on-hand to accept it (pictured on left). Cole Memorial and the Cole Foundation truly appreciates this honor and will utilize the gift toward a patient care project in the E.D.
To make a donation to the Cole Foundation, please call 814-274-5520 or visit www.colememorial.org/foundation-donate.aspx.