Friends of Bassett's Valentine's Soiree Raises $160,000
|honored guest jerry miller (fifth from right), his wife regina miller (sixth from right), and members of the Miller family who joined them at the soiree
Nicholas Hellenthal, M.D., chief of surgery at Bassett Medical Center, notes that the number of surgeries performed at Bassett Medical Center has grown every year. Adding a new operating room will allow Bassett surgeons to see more patients as well as perform more complex surgeries.
Construction is expected to begin on the new operating room, OR 12, in early April. After it is completed, each of Bassett's other operating rooms will be renovated, one at a time, so that 11 operating rooms are available to serve patient needs at all times.
Many volunteers contributed to the success of the soirée, as did sponsors. Sheila LeMaster, special events and corporate sponsorships manager, credited the efforts of members of the soirée and auction committees, volunteers who worked tirelessly with the Friends' staff throughout the year. The 2018 soirée committee was led by co-chairs Robin Lopez and Michelle Zuba and included members Marilyn Garman, Andi Gulotta, Justine Johnson, Hannah Kinzelmann, Jen Kubis, Erika Prouty, and Jean Stabinski. Leading the auction committee was chair Gayle Smith, along with committee members Tina Camarda, Deb Dalton, Colleen Donnelly, Andi Gulotta, Ursula Hage, Wendy Kiuber, Robin Lopez, Melissa Manikas, Susan Streid, Monica Stringer, and Michelle Zuba.
Carol Waller and her staff at Mohican Flowers helped to beautify the event, and the staff at the Otesaga made all guests feel welcome.
Sponsors of the soirée include Lead Sponsor SEFCU; Corporate Sponsors: Fidelis Care New York; G & T Farm, LLC; and NYCM Insurance; Supporting Sponsors: Brewery Ommegang; KPMG, LLP; McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; The Table Rock Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; The New York Susquehanna & Western Railway Corp.; Preferred Mutual Insurance Co.; Thuillez, Ford, Gold, Butler, & Monroe, LLP; and Participating Sponsors: Bank of Cooperstown; Casella Waste Management of NY, Inc.; Commercial Investigations, LLC; Cooperstown Brewing Company; Cooperstown Dreams Park; DAVIN Informatics; EPIC Landscapes, Inc.; Mirabito Energy Products; Northern Eagle Beverages, Inc.; The Pike Company; and Rose and Kiernan, Inc. Thank you to all!