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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
  • Tim Feng
    Vice President, Progressive Expert Consulting
  • Paul Hanrahan, Esq.
    Attorney, Hancock & Estabrook, LLP
  • A. John Merola, MD
    President and CEO, AJM Management Services, Inc.
  • Howard McCarthy
    CEO, Dumac Business Systems
  • Michelle McGrath
    Sr. Manager, Global Commercialization Management: Welch Allyn
  • 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, June 03, 2016    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

Save the Date: 25th Annual Gala Dinner Dance – Friday, June 3, 2016

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.

Aloha Gala 2015 - to benefit St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation -was held on Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino

Since its inception in 1992, St. Joseph’s Hospital's Gala Dinner Dance has raised more than $5.17 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 year’s Gala netted over $326,000 which will benefit the hospital’s cardiovascular master plan.

Like most Hawaiian words, Aloha has many meanings. More than a greeting or salutation, it is a way of being, a way of behaving, a way of life. This colorful, festive event was a tribute to Hawaiian culture and welcomed over 850 attendees. Central New York Infusion Services, LLC, was once again 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 at 8 p.m. in the main ballroom. The Gala is a black tie optional event. Overnight accommodations are available every  year at a discounted rate by  calling 1-800-771-7711.

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

To view the Aloha Gala photo gallery click here: http://rontrinca.com/documents/Shared%20Images/SJH_Gala_2015/

Gala Cash Raffle Winners. Thank you to all who participated and for your generous support. Sr. Mary Obrist drew the lucky winning tickets at the Foundation Office on Monday, June 1st.  We are pleased to announce our 2015 Aloha Gala Cash Raffle Winners! 

First Prize of $10,000:

Diana Searle

Josie Clark

Dawn Johnson

Linda Couglar

Rick Levy

Judi Miller

Melody Hutchinson

Loralei Philo

Keith Nelson

Cindy Cappa-Madore 

Melanie Pistello

Second Prize of $5,000:

Robert Weiss, MD 

Third Prize of $2,500:

Dorothy Anderson

Devon Anderson 

Fourth Prize of $2,500:

David Foor, Visual Technologies  

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

Aloha Gala Video - 2015

[Photo 1: 2015 Gala - Pictured left to right Mrs. Amini Audi, Kathryn Ruscitto, President and CEO and Ms. Anne Messenger]

[Photo 2: 2015 Gala - Pictured from left to right are the Aloha Gala Co-Chairs: Dr. Thomas Aiello, Mrs. Terry Aiello, Mrs. Carolyn Fischi and Dr. Michael Fischi]

[Photo 3: 2015 Gala - Pictured left to right Sr. Norise Kaiser and Sr. Michaeleen Cabral]