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Advancing Excellence

Mar 25 2013
Volunteers Making a Difference

This weekend our Auxiliary sponsored a Follies as a fundraiser for St. Joseph’s. They planned for more than a year, recruited the talent, made the scenery, ordered the t- shirts, sold ads for the program and then acted in many of the scenes.

They are an amazing group. Along with them come their families, friends and neighbors who jumped in as well and did whatever was needed. They spent the last three weeks every night practicing and working out the details. They could have been doing many other things, but they chose to spend their time supporting St. Joseph's.

Along with them were many nurses, residents, security, IT, retirees , OR, ICU and Gift  Shop employees who volunteered their time to act and support the Auxiliary. Thank you to each and everyone. You were fabulous and funny! Not sure any of us will forget Dr. Wayne Chou's great singing and acting, or John Hazard, Frank Panzetta and Bill Thompson looking like manly cowboys (with pink tutu's.....), or the Can Can girls doing cartwheels including Cindy Burkhart, Katie Button, Suzanne DeFuria, Lucinda Drescher (a board member), Leslie Lavine, Lisa Losito, Jane Muserlian and Tara Soehnel.

Particular thank you's to Martha Tooley, president of the Auxilary, and Colleen Prossner, chair of the Follies and a member of the Auxilary, who put their hearts and souls into making it a success. Chris Fettig acted as director and is a great team builder!

We had several Sisters participating, but Sister Collette as Carlotta stole the show! I even taught her how to put fake eyelashes on...

It was a wonderful weekend, thanks to the many volunteers who support our system. Across the country, volunteers greet our patients, staff our gift shops, raise funds for special projects, and really add to the quality of life of our health care services.  Thank you for sharing your time and your support.



7 Comments so far

John Hazard March 25, 2013 at 10:07 am

Thank you for your recognition and encouragement. It was an extremely innovative and positive environment which produced an amazing momentum in such an incredibly short amount of time. Meeting, working with, and getting to know our volunteers, employees, their families, and the professional staff was an honor. Their support has made me stronger and I'm so grateful for the opportunity to have been involved. It's very difficult today to have completed our cause and I'm sad to not be in your presence. I'll facebook you all and work hard to stay in touch. I'll be at the SJ-Linked KickOff on April 2nd at the Hospital and would like to see you all there, if you can make it. Thanks again. I had the time of my life.

Kathy Mueller March 25, 2013 at 01:13 pm

Teamwork! Can you imagine putting on a production like this in only 2 1/2 weeks! Well, it was done! The kick-off party was held on March 6th - - the curtains were opened on March 22nd! Our Auxiliary Board members, employees,volunteers, community members came together and what a production it was! People who had never been in a play stepped up to the plate and (out of their comfort zones I might add) to put on the Follies. The director, Chris Fettig, worked his magic to bring out the best in all of us! Just try to picture in your mind Frank Panzetta, John Hazard & Bill Thompson as our "manly ballerinas!" Our behind the scenes people, Mary Hagen, Carolyn & Alyssa Lafaver, Ross & Jake Prossner, John Tooley, John & Melissa Muldoon, Doug Smith, Dominic Liberatore, Josh Delaney, and Mike Dixon, did an outstanding job. Be on the look-out for the video coming soon!

Martha C Tooley March 25, 2013 at 01:01 pm

I can't not thank enough all those who particpated both on stage and behind the scenes. Well done!! Special thanks to Kathy Mueller and Mary Hagen of the Volunteer office who constantly give of their time to assist the Auxiliary in our many endeavors.

Leslie LaVine (labor and delivery) March 26, 2013 at 08:50 am

Thank you to ALL who participated in the follies to make it successful. It was an honor and a privilege to share the stage with you. There are so many talented and hard working people. It is a amazing to watch it all come together from nothing to a production in just 15 days. You are all so wonderful, and I am glad for the opportunity to have met you, and shared this time with you. Thanks for your encouragement and support.

Chris Pine March 26, 2013 at 01:25 pm

Besides being work and FUN, it is an awesome team building experience. It is special being part of that group.

Cheryl Thomas March 26, 2013 at 01:20 pm

I was a member of the audience and I have to say, this year's "Follies" was the most enjoyable production I have ever been to. I haven't had that good of a laugh in a while. Thanks to all those who worked so hard at putting on such an enjoyable production. You could see the team work - but also how much each member of the production thoroughly enjoyed themself.

Ann Ferro March 28, 2013 at 08:58 am

My cheeks still hurt from laughing. What an evening! The Follies are a metaphor for the community that is St. Joseph's, where individuals share skills, talents and time for the benefit of the larger cause. Who cannot remember the type casting and the casting against type, the hard work that made each performance special. BRAVO!

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