Thrift shop volunteers honored with citizenship award

By Jay Braman Jr.
If you’ve been there, you know them. They are the people who take care of business at the Margaretville Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop.

On Saturday night at the annual Harvest Moon Ball, held at Hanah Country Resort, the spectacular values offered at the shop were mentioned, but it was clear that the best deal of all was the one that these men and women give to the Thrift Shop in the form of their tireless efforts to run the operation.

To show appreciation, the Margaretville Hospital Board of Directors chose all those volunteers to receive the 2012 Keene Roadman Hospital Citizens of the Year Award.
Hospital Board Chair Carey Wagner, sporting a nifty smoking jacket he bought at the Thrift Shop, thanked all the volunteers, noting that the auxiliary and the thrift have come back stronger than ever after the heartbreak of the flood last august.

He added that, once the shop reopened following that tragedy, those volunteers were the gems of the community as they helped residents get their lives back together by giving even better deals than usual.

The Thrift Store, which raises about $45,000 a year for the hospital and the Mountainside Residential Care Center, was reopened in February this year thanks to the hard work of these volunteers who cleaned and refurbished the store and then restocked it.

Director’s words
“The countless hours they put in to make this the success that it is, is truly appreciated and worth the recognition of this award,” said Hospital Executive Director Sandra Horn.
Phil Mehl, administrator at Mountainside, was equally appreciative.

“Their tireless work has resulted in an important community presence and inspiration even after the toughest of times,” he said.

Auxiliary President Ellie Aulino noted that, thanks to efforts of the Thrift Store volunteers, the radiology department at the hospital will receive a major renovation this year.
“All this because of the work of our volunteers, proving that we are indeed a powerful group,” she said.

Individual citations from both the State Senate and the State Assembly were presented to each of volunteers by Kathy Mami-Moore, special assistant to Assemblyman Clifford Crouch and by Pete Lopez, candidate for the Assembly for the newly redistricted area.

HealthAlliance support
David Lundquist, CEO of the HealthAllliance of the Hudson Valley, brought greetings and praised the success of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. He acknowledged, also, the overwhelming support of the community.

Father Paul Catena of the Sacred Heart Parish gave the invocation. Master of ceremonies was Bill Birns.

The Harvest Moon Ball Committee included: Sue Adams, Eleanor Aulino (Auxiliary president), Lee Austin, Caroljean Finch, Connie Jeffers, Kathy Lasslob, Carmen Lopez, Carol O’Beirne, Adele Siegel, Pat Tucker. Lisa Tait of Silvertop Graphics produced the beautiful journal and Connie Jeffers designed the creative centerpieces. Net dinner proceeds will be used for an upgrade of the Radiology Department.