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St. Joseph's Annual Gala

Douglas G. Smith, FAHP
Vice President, Development

Thank you.
We appreciate the many gifts received for these programs and would welcome your participation as well. Your support is vital to St. Joseph's ability to continue to provide A Higher Level of Care each and every day.

The Work of the Foundation

Your gift to St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation enables the hospital system to build and modernize facilities, install the latest medical technology, maintain primary care centers to provide care to uninsured and underserved families, provide for patient comfort and care, and fund staff education to stay abreast of the newest developments in medical care and treatment.

How to Contribute

Generations of Compassion­ • Healing • Innovation Capital Campaign

St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation supports the Hospital’s facility expansion through the Generations of Compassion • Healing • Innovation Capital Campaign. We invite you to tour the Generations of Compassion • Healing • Innovation website to find out more about our efforts to meet the health care needs of the community for generations to come. To learn more, call (315) 703-2137.

Grateful Patient Program
The Grateful Patient Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation is a thoughtful way that you can recognize someone for the exceptional care that you or a loved one has received. In recognizing someone who has made a difference in your life, you will also help to make the difference in the lives of others. To learn more about the Grateful Patient Program Click here or call (315) 703-2137.
Annual Appeal
The Annual Appeal provides an important and ongoing resource for hospital services. Funds from the Annual Appeal are used for a variety of programs across St. Joseph’s system. To learn more about the Annual Appeal, call (315) 703-2137.
To make an Annual Appeal gift, fill out our pledge form and mail your tax deductible gift to St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation.
Circle of Caring
St. Joseph’s Circle of Caring is a membership program for supporters of the programs and services of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.  In keeping with the values of our Mission, membership levels include circles of Excellence, Compassion, Stewardship, and Service.  To learn about the benefits of membership or to join the Circle of Caring, call (315) 703-2137.
Walkways of Caring
The Walkways of Caring are scenic gardens paved with bricks generously donated by supporters of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center. These beautiful courtyards and pathways offer quiet places for reflection and tranquility for patients, families and visitors. Bricks and benches carry messages of honor and celebration, remembrance and love. To learn more about your brick on the Walkways of Caring, call (315) 703-2137.
Planned Giving
The 1869 Society was founded to recognize individuals who demonstrate their deep commitment to St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center and its mission of service through a planned gift. The generous legacy contributions from members serve as a cornerstone of the Hospital’s future by establishing a strong foundation from which many generations shall benefit.
Foundation Board of Directors
  • David Panasci, Chairperson
    President, DHP, Inc.
  • Kathryn H. Ruscitto, chairperson and president
    President and CEO, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
  • Sister Mary Obrist, secretary and treasurer
    Consultant, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
  • Glenn Axelrod, MD
    Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists
  • Luis Castro, MD
    St. Joseph's Primary Care Center West
  • Patricia Civil
    Retired, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • George Deptula, Esq.
    Retired, Hiscock & Barclay, LLP
  • Paul Hanrahan, Esq.
    Attorney, Hancock & Estabrook, LLP
  • A. John Merola, MD
    President and CEO, AJM Management Services, Inc.
  • Howard McCarthy
    CEO, Dumac Business Systems
  • Patrick O’Connor
    Vice President, Kopp Billing Agency, Inc.
  • George Schunck
    President, Brown & Brown Empire State
  • Alan Simons, MD
    SJH Cardiology Associates

St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Our Employer ID number is 22-2149775.

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015    Add to Calendar
Time: 6:45 PM - 11:00 PM
Address: 5218 Patrick Road
Verona, NY 13478
Map & Directions
Contact Name: St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Foundation
Contact Phone: (315) 703-2137
Contact Email: Foundation@sjhsyr.org

An annual springtime fund-raising event, this black-tie-optional Gala offers an evening of dining and dancing to benefit special projects of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.

2014 Gala: Passage to India, an evening of culture and cuisine to benefit St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation

Friday, May 30 - Turning Stone Resort Casino

Since its inception in 1992, St. Joseph’s Hospital's Gala Dinner Dance has raised more than $4.5 million to benefit hospital programs, including cardiac services, medical imaging, the college of nursing, operating rooms, dialysis services and the neonatal intensive care unit. Proceeds from the gala play an important part in St. Joseph’s ability to provide a higher level of care to our Central New York community.

This colorful, festive event was a tribute to Indian culture filled with zeal and enthusiasm with 870 attendees. Central New York Infusion Services, LLC, will once again be the presenting sponsor. The evening featured dining and dancing to the live music of Atlas. Cocktails began at 6:45 p.m. in the event center atrium, with dinner and dancing following at 8 p.m. in the main ballroom. Black tie was optional. Overnight accommodations are available every year at a discounted rate by calling 1-800-771-7711.

New this year the Gala featured a special cash raffle with cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and two $2,500 winners!

For more information, contact St. Joseph's Foundation at 315-703-2128, or email pamela.kleine@sjhsyr.org.

[Photo 1: 2014 Gala - St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation netted more than $350,000 at its annual gala dinner dance on May 30 at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Pictured from left to right are Special Gala guest, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, her mother and Gala Co-Chair Mrs. Sheela Davuluri, Meena Davuluri and Kathryn Ruscitto, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center President & CEO]

[Photo 2: 2014 Gala - Pictured left to right are Lisa Laribee, Katie Iles, Rebecca Moulton, Pamela Kleine and Colleen Lupia, gathered at the Gala Cash Raffle table]

[Photo 3: 2014 Gala - A Passage to India ice sculpture and martini luge]