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Mercy Care presents awards to Friendship Volunteers

September 20, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, a mission sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, presented awards to its Friendship Volunteers at its Friendship Picnic held at Guggenheim Center in Saranac Lake on Sept. 8.

Paul Reiss, Ph.D., Mercy Care's president of the board, welcomed guests including elders assisted by Mercy Care, Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers, and Volunteer Parish Nurses. He acknowledged the generous time, warm friendship, and assistance given by Mercy Care volunteers to elders in the Tri-Lakes.

A presentation was made by Betsy Whitefield, librarian at the Saranac Free Library, about special collections, programs, and services of particular interest to older adults.

Article Photos

Mercy Care Friendship Volunteers are pictured at the Friendship Picnic. Back row, from left, are Frank Lescinsky, Bruce Wadsworth, Bruce Dana, Sr. M. Denise Wilke, Fred Mader, Anne Maltais, and Ruth Tarlton. Second Row, from left, are Cecile Jarvis, George Herbert, Margo Cooper, Patty Francisco, Bernadette Clarke. Seated, from left, are Joan Storey, Barbara Rottier and Rosemary Reiss.
(Photo courtesy of Mercy Care for the Adirondacks)

Sr. Catherine Cummings, RSM, Ed.D., R.N., Director of Friendship Volunteer and Parish Nurse Programs, and Frank Lescinsky, Mercy Care Board Member, presented the Volunteer of the Year Award, the Catherine McAuley Medallion, to Bruce Dana. Bruce serves as Tupper Lake Volunteer Coordinator.

A special award of recognition is given to the Friendship Volunteer who contributed the most hours of service overall throughout the Tri-Lakes. The award was presented to Ruth Tarlton of Lake Placid.

The award for most hours of volunteer service donated in Tupper Lake went to Betty Maus and the Saranac Lake Volunteer recognized with the most hours donated was Margo Cooper.

"You Make A Difference Certificates" were presented to those with over 100 hours of service given in one year. The award recipients included:

Margo Cooper

Judy Grimard

Betty Maus

Ruth Tarlton

Sally Urban

Sheila Venezia

Sr. M. Denise Wilke, RSM

Three-year service awards were earned by:

Jim Brophy

Ruth Cassin

Sr. Eileen Chambers, RSM

Natalie Clark

Bruce Dana

Greg Dennin

Peggy Eisele

Patty Francisco

Cecile Jervis

Frank Lescinsky

Pearl McCahill

Sr. Barbara McCarthy, O.P.

Cindy Platt

Renate Schachenmayr

Jill Cardinale Segger

Anita Stemp

Anita Varga

Three Year Service Volunteer Parish Nurse Awards were earned by:

Pat Beneshan

Janice Connors

Pat Loud

Sue Seacord

Mercy Care has recruited and trained more than 60 Friendship Volunteers. Since 2008 when Mercy Care was established, its volunteers have contributed more than 7,000 hours of assistance to elders living independently in their communities. Mercy Care appreciates each and every volunteer for touching the aging in the Tri-Lakes with mercy.

Mercy Care's mission is to enhance in every dimension the fullness of life of elders living in their community independently. It carries out its work through a Friendship Volunteer Program, a Parish Nurse Program, and an Education and Advocacy Program.

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks is located at 185 Old Military Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946.

For more information, visit Mercy Care's website at /



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