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Jon Shay Leads Noyes Health Foundation Rejuvenation

Monday, July 8, 2013

Jon Shay Leads Noyes Health Foundation Rejuvenation

Quietly this past winter a group of volunteer community leaders, committed to the future of Noyes Health, began to meet. Jon Shay, Foundation Board Chairman, Bill Bacon, Les Cole, Jim Coniglio, Tim Costello, Ralph Kerr, John Quinlan, Tom Wamp, Maureen Wolcott, along with Cynthia Oswald, Foundation Director, and Amy Pollard, President and CEO of Noyes Health had two goals in mind-revitalize the Foundation in preparation for the Emergency Department building project, and lay the groundwork for a sustainable foundation that would raise visibility for the hospital and build on existing community ties for years to come.

Right out of the gate, the Foundation Board applied for a $75,000 grant for the Emergency Department Project from the Indianapolis based, Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation. This past month the Foundation learned that they had received the full amount of their request.

On April 12th the announcement was made that E. Philip and Carole Saunders, along with the Saunders Foundation, would contribute the leadership donation to the Emergency Department project of $750,000. The project was officially named the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department.

This spring the Foundation turned its focus to the creation of a Campaign Cabinet for the building project which, through extensive fundraising efforts, would serve as community ambassadors. Jon Shay and Les Cole stepped forward to lead the Campaign Cabinet as co-chairs, and Bill Bacon, Tim Costello, Marian Crawford, Mary Crowell, Ann Dawson, Dr. Robert Bonvino, Barb Frazer, Mike Johnsen, Terry Lowell, Dave Mance, Cynthia Oswald, Michelle Paroda, Amy Pollard, John Quinlan, Tom Wamp and Maureen Wolcott. E. Philip and Carole Saunders serve as honorary chairs for the group.

Jon Shay speaking to the guests at the first Cultivation Event for the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department held at Scovill’s Grill, Dansville on June 11th.

The Campaign Cabinet held its first successful Donor Cultivation Event at Scovill’s Grill in Dansville on June 11th and will be holding more events around the region this summer and into early fall. Soon the Foundation and Cabinet will be reaching out to the community to become part of this much needed hospital project.

As the Foundation moves quickly, some of their other endeavors are an Annual Gratitude Dinner, a thank you to our most philanthropic givers. This year’s dinner will be held at Scovill’s Grill in August and is sponsored by TLI, Inc. and Teaching & Learning Institute President Ralph Kerr.

The Noyes Health Foundation is also partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension on a 4H community service project, Pillows for Patients. 4Her’s will be sewing pillowcases in bright prints for patients of the new emergency room to take home when they are discharged. CCE 4H will have a display at the Hemlock Fair and community members can even try their hand at sewing pillowcases.

Noyes Health Foundation and Marketing Department will be a sponsor of this year’s Dansville Chamber of Commerce Chalk Walk on July 20th. “This is a great main street event for local families and visitors alike. Connecting to businesses, organizations, and events that benefit the communities we serve is important to the Foundation”, said Cynthia Oswald, Director of the Foundation and PR for Noyes Health.

For more information on Noyes Health and the Mary Saunders Beiermann Emergency Department Project visit, Noyes Health Facebook Page or contact Cynthia Oswald, Foundation Director at or 585-335-4323.

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