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September 29, 2016 - 3:32pm

Press release:

The 32nd annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County will be presented to Paul and Bridget Ohlson on Friday, Nov. 4, at an awards luncheon at Terry Hills Restaurant. They are the founders of Care-A-Van Ministries, which is now supported by 23 local churches, and partners with a variety of agencies including The Salvation Army, Cornell Extension, GCASA, among others.

The award presented by The Jerome Foundation and United Memorial Medical Center Foundation recognizes volunteer men and women of Genesee County who have helped promote emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of the area’s residents. Nominations reflected “ordinary people who reach far beyond themselves to the lives of those in need, bringing hope, care, and friendship, and helping build a stronger, healthier community.”

In naming the Ohlsons for this year’s award, the Foundations will recognize 16 years Paul and Bridget, along with other devoted volunteers, have ministered to the needy in Batavia. Their outreach program focuses on “seeking out and serving the lost, the less fortunate, and the hurting.”

It all began in May of 2000 when the Ohlsons recognized neighborhoods in Batavia where families had a great need for groceries. Using their van, they would park at various street corners and distribute food. They would rotate to different neighborhoods in the City of Batavia every Saturday morning. The Ohlsons used their vans and bus “to bring food, clothing, compassion, love, hope and prayer to many areas of the city." They have not missed a single Saturday morning in reaching out to those in need.

The Health and Humanitarian Award luncheon is open to the public. Reservations can be made by contacting United Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 344-5300. Seating will be limited so early reservations are encouraged.

August 18, 2016 - 1:45pm

Press release:

The Jerome Foundation and United Memorial Medical Center Foundation are jointly seeking nominations for the 32nd annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County. Nominations should be submitted on or before Sept. 6.

The award recognizes outstanding men and women whose volunteer efforts have improved the physical, emotional or spiritual well-being of the greater Genesee County area.

“We are fortunate to have many caring and committed volunteers devoted to the sick or to those in need, and helping to build a stronger, healthier community for all of us,” said Justin Calarco-Smith, president of The Jerome Foundation.

He noted the accomplishments of John Dwyer, the 2015 Health and Humanitarian Award winner. For more than 60 years Mr. Dwyer has given his support and leadership to numerous organizations involved in health care, job creation, education and charitable causes.

Nomination forms are available from UMMC Foundation Office at 127 North St., or by calling 585-344-5301, or online at www.ummc.org.

Organizations or individuals may nominate candidates. Consideration will be given to actual accomplishments achieved through volunteer service and subsequent improvements to quality of life. 

The 2016 award winner will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, Nov. 4, at Terry Hills Restaurant.

December 4, 2015 - 7:18pm

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John C. Dwyer, center, receives the 2015 Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County from David Ciurzynski, vice president of the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation, left, and Justin Calarco-Smith, president of The Jerome Foundation. The two groups sponsor the annual award, which was presented to Dwyer during a luncheon Friday at Terry Hills Restaurant in Batavia.

The afternoon began with an “Irish Blessing” and ended with a rousing performance of the University of Notre Dame’s fight song.

Appropriate choices, given the honoree.

John C. Dwyer received the 2015 Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County during a luncheon Friday at Terry Hills Restaurant.

Dwyer is the 31st recipient of the award, which is presented each year by The Jerome Foundation and the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

In choosing Dwyer, the foundations recognized his 60 years of volunteer efforts on behalf of more than 30 community organizations involved in nearly every aspect of life in Genesee County.

Mary Pat Hancock, former chair of the county Legislature, spoke in tribute to Dwyer. The Health and Humanitarian Award, she said, is a “perfect recognition” of his contributions.

“He has worked joyfully throughout his long and productive life, to enhance the health and human condition of our county,” she said.

Dwyer accepted the award with humility and humor.

“To be honest, I almost didn’t show up here today,” Dwyer said.

For that, credit Saint Matthew.

“I was at Mass some time ago,” Dwyer explained, “and the Gospel reading stated: Take care not to perform righteous acts in order that people may see them, or otherwise you will have no recompense from your Heavenly Father.”

Dwyer said that sounded like a warning.

“Here I am, in public, being recognized for my acts,” he joked. “And at my age, this is no time to be testing the patience of the Lord!”

The Health and Humanitarian Award recognizes volunteers who have helped promote the emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of Genesee County residents.

Dwyer has given time and talent to several organizations, including the Genesee County Water Resources Agency, Children’s Home Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Batavia Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He has served in leadership roles at St. Joseph School, Notre Dame High School and Genesee Community College.

A native of Batavia, Dwyer went west as a young man — to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and met his future wife, Jacquie.

Dwyer served two years in the Army before returning to Batavia and his family’s business. He was president of Thomas & Dwyer Shoes until retiring in 1997.

He later served as director of the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency.

Dwyer said he found community service deeply intriguing, although he was at a loss to explain why.

“I don’t really know the draw,” Dwyer said. “But I was fascinated by the process, by the committees, the boards — how people worked, how people got things done.

“I loved the process,” he continued. “I loved the personalities involved, and I truly loved the results.”

The nature of public service has changed, he said, and tends to be steered more by government than volunteers. In closing, he said one thing has not changed — volunteer service is still valuable and necessary.

Reflecting Dwyer’s devotion to Notre Dame — both high school and university — the “Fighting Irish” was a theme for the day. That ranged from the chocolate shamrocks at every place setting, to the musical entertainment.

“The Irish Blessing” and University of Notre Dame’s “Victory March” were sung by a quartet from Notre Dame High School. Anthony Gugino, Matthew Stevens, Jessica Cmor and Keara Zerillo were accompanied by Theresa Kehl, school musical director.

Norman Argulski delivered the invocation, which thanked Dwyer for “his many talents, his appropriate words, his years of service and his dedication to our community.”

October 30, 2015 - 1:19pm

Press release:

The 31st annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County will be presented to John C. Dwyer on Friday, Dec. 4, at an awards luncheon at Terry Hills Restaurant.

The award presented by The Jerome Foundation and United Memorial Medical Center Foundation recognizes volunteer men and women of Genesee County who have helped promote emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of the area’s residents. Nominations reflected “ordinary people who reach far beyond themselves to the lives of those in need, bringing hope, care, and friendship, and helping build a stronger, healthier community.”

In naming John Dwyer for this year’s award, the Foundations will recognize 60 years of his volunteer efforts and leadership to more than 30 community organizations involved with health care, job creation, education, and humanitarian needs of Genesee County.

Mr. Dwyer has given his time and talent to Genesee County Water Resources Agency, Genesee County Industrial Development Agency, Children’s Home Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Batavia Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, and other civic organizations.

Improvement of educational resources in the Genesee County area has been of special interest to Mr. Dwyer. He has served in leadership roles at Genesee Community College, Notre Dame High School, and St. Joseph School.

Health care has also been a priority. Mr. Dwyer served as president of the former St. Jerome Hospital Foundation, and chaired various fundraising campaigns with the goal of improving healthcare in Genesee County.

In one of several letters nominating Mr. Dwyer, Mary Pat Hancock, the former chair of the Genesee County Legislature, said “John’s documented activities and his continued involvement in our community speak for themselves, but it is love for Genesee County, his pride in Western New York, and his positive vision for the future that have given strength and focus to his efforts, and helped insure a positive outcome.”

Marie Call, a friend and colleague, also remarked on Mr. Dwyer’s achievements, saying “John has demonstrated his passion for, and commitment to, a wide variety of community organizations that have had an impact on thousands of people from school children to senior citizens.”

The Health and Humanitarian Award luncheon is open to the public. Reservations can be made by contacting United Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 344-5300. Seating will be limited so early reservations are encouraged.

September 1, 2015 - 5:06pm
posted by Billie Owens in The Jerome Foundation, UMMC Foundation.

Press release:

The Jerome Foundation and United Memorial Medical Center Foundation are seeking nominations for the Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County.

This will be the 31st year the award has been presented. The first award was presented to Dr. Sydney McLouth in 1982. Award winners for the past four decades have included health care workers, builders, teachers, and many community volunteers.

The award recognizes outstanding men and women whose volunteer efforts have improved the physical, emotional or spiritual well-being of the greater Genesee County area.

“We are fortunate to have many caring and committed volunteers devoted to the sick or to those in need, and helping build a stronger, healthier community for all of us,” says a written statement from Justin Calarco-Smith, president of The Jerome Foundation, and Susie Boyce, president of UMMC Foundation.

They noted Robert Boyce, the 2014 Health and Humanitarian Award recipient, who has devoted considerable time and talent to improving the quality of volunteer ambulance service in LeRoy, in addition to volunteer service on many community boards and organizations.

Nomination forms are available from UMMC Foundation Office at 127 North St., calling 585-344-5300, or online at www.ummc.org.

Organizations or individuals may nominate candidates. Consideration will be given to actual accomplishments achieved through volunteer service and subsequent improvements to quality of life. Nominations should be submitted on or before Sept. 30.

The 2015 award winner will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, Dec. 4, at Terry Hills Restaurant.

December 6, 2014 - 7:02am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, UMMC Foundation, Health and Humanitarian Award.

Le Roy resident Bob Boyce was recognized at a luncheon Friday afternoon for his years of dedicated volunteer work in the community by the UMMC Foundation and St. Jerome's Foundation with the 30th Annual Health and Humanitarian Award.

For more than 26 years Mr. Boyce has devoted his time and talent to improving the quality of volunteer ambulance service for the people of Le Roy. He is currently president of the Le Roy Ambulance Service, a position he has held for the past 12 years. Under his leadership Le Roy Volunteer Ambulance grew to Le Roy Ambulance Service, assuring availability of both trained personnel and volunteers needed to provide ambulance service to residents.

He's served on UMMC Foundation Board of Directors, and the former Genesee Memorial Hospital Group Board of Directors.

In one of several letters nominating Mr. Boyce, Marie Scofield noted his volunteer efforts have not been limited to health-related organizations, but have included education. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Genesee Community College after serving on GCC Foundation Board of Directors for nine years, including two years as president. He has been active with the Le Roy Rotary Club, helping raise money for scholarships benefitting Le Roy students.  

Boyce was also active in youth sports in Le Roy for many years.

For more pictures from the event, click here.

August 26, 2014 - 4:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in The Jerome Foundation, UMMC Foundation.

Press release:

The Jerome Foundation and United Memorial Medical Center Foundation are seeking nominations for the 30th annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County.

The award recognizes outstanding men and women whose volunteer efforts have improved the physical, emotional or spiritual well-being of the greater Genesee County area.

“We are fortunate to have many caring and committed volunteers devoted to the sick or to those in need, and helping build a stronger, healthier community for all of us,” said Justin Calarco-Smith, president of The Jerome Foundation.

He noted the significant accomplishments of Judith Ridley, the 2013 Health and Humanitarian Award recipient, who volunteers countless hours with the Le Roy Pantry and Help Fund, the Le Roy Volunteer Ambulance, and the Friendship Club at the Greens in Le Roy.

Nomination forms are available from UMMC Foundation office at 127 North St., calling 585-344-5300, or online at www.ummc.org. Organizations or individuals may nominate candidates.

Consideration will be given to actual accomplishments achieved through volunteer service and subsequent improvements to quality of life. Nominations should be submitted on or before Sept. 26.

The 2014 award winner will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, Dec. 5 at Terry Hills Restaurant.

November 4, 2013 - 7:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, UMMC Foundation, Jerome Foundation.

Press release:

The 29th annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County will be presented to Judith Ridley of Le Roy on Friday, Dec. 6 at an awards luncheon at Terry Hills Restaurant.  The award presented by The Jerome Foundation and United Memorial Medical Center Foundation recognizes volunteer men and women of Genesee County who have helped promote emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of the area’s residents. Nominations should reflect “ordinary people who reach far beyond themselves to the lives of those in need, bringing hope, care, and friendship, and helping build a stronger, healthier community.”

In naming Judith Ridley for this year’s award, the foundations will recognize her volunteer efforts with the Le Roy Pantry and Help Fund, the Le Roy Volunteer Ambulance, Red Cross, and Friendship Club at the Greens in Le Roy.

Ms. Ridley has been an active volunteer for the Le Roy Pantry and Help fund for 14 years, and Board president for the past five years. She coordinates volunteers, writes grants, and solicits local supermarkets and food banks for donations. In 2012 under Judith’s leadership nearly 19,000 meals were served to 357 households in the Le Roy area. Thanksgiving and Christmas were particularly busy for the Le Roy Pantry, when 100 needy families were provided meals for the holidays. In her nominating letter Dorian Ely, coordinator of Genesee County’s RSVP volunteer program, said, “Although Judy has a strong team of volunteers, the Le Roy Pantry and Help Fund works because of Judy’s exceptional organizational skills, model work ethic, collaborative style and compassion for the neediest in our community.”

Ms. Ridley has also been active in the Le Roy Volunteer Ambulance Fund for 10 years.  She keeps records for the organization, completes forms required by New York State, and other necessary duties to maintain the essential ambulance service. On average, Judith volunteers 30 to 35 hours each week.

At the Greens of Le Roy, Judith regularly helps other members of the Le Roy Friendship Club make items for Camp Good Days and Special Times and for newborns at UMMC.  Judith is also active with the American Red Cross and the First Presbyterian Church of Le Roy, where she has served in various leadership positions. In her nomination letter June Dusen, a member of the First Presbyterian Church, said, “Judy is a woman of faith; she does not judge, shows kindness and respect for all. She works quietly behind the scenes, never seeking recognition.”

The Health and Humanitarian Award luncheon is open to the public. Reservations can be made by contacting United Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 344-5300. Seating will be limited so early reservations are encouraged.

October 3, 2013 - 2:52pm

Tickets can be purchased at:

  • UMMC, 127 North St., Cashier’s Office Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Jerome Center Gift Shop, 16 Bank St., Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to noon;
  • The Foundation Office, 123 North St., Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
  • Or calling by (585) 344-5300.
September 16, 2013 - 3:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in UMMC Foundation, Health and Humanitarian Award.

Press release:

The Jerome Foundation and United Memorial Medical Center Foundation are seeking nominations for the 29th annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County. 

The award recognizes outstanding men and women whose volunteer efforts have improved the physical, emotional or spiritual well-being of the greater Genesee County area.

“We are fortunate to have many caring and committed volunteers devoted to the sick or to those in need, and helping build a stronger, healthier community for all of us,” said Justin Calarco-Smith, president of The Jerome Foundation.

He noted the significant accomplishments of Ed and Beverly Corcoran, the 2012 Health and Humanitarian Award recipients, who organize and run Stephen’s Table, a soup kitchen that provides lunches six times a week for those in need of a nutritious meal.

Nomination forms are available from UMMC Foundation Office at 127 North St., calling 585-344-5300, or online at www.ummc.org. Organizations or individuals may nominate candidates. Consideration will be given to actual accomplishments achieved through volunteer service and subsequent improvements to quality of life. Nominations should be submitted on or before September 27.

The 2013 award winner will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, Dec. 6 at Terry Hills Restaurant.

November 13, 2012 - 2:48pm

Press release:

The 28th annual Health and Humanitarian Award of Genesee County will be presented to Edward and Beverly Corcoran on Friday, Dec. 7, at an awards luncheon at Terry Hills Restaurant.

The award presented by The Jerome Foundation and United Memorial Medical Center Foundation recognizes men and women of Genesee County who have helped promote emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of the area’s residents.

Nominations should reflect “ordinary people who reach far beyond themselves to the lives of those in need, bringing hope, care, and friendship, and helping build a stronger, healthier community.”

In naming the Corcorans for this year’s award, the foundations will recognize their volunteer efforts at organizing and running Stephen’s Table, a soup kitchen that provides lunches six times a week, on average to 30 people a day. Donald Lewis, a volunteer at Stephen’s Table, nominated the Corcorans for the award, citing their dedication to serving the hungry.

“More than 20 years ago Ed and Beverly Corcoran recognized a need in the Batavia area to provide a meal to residents who had inadequate nutritious food. The Batavia Assembly of God Church provided the kitchen and dining room, and Ed and Beverly provided care and concern for those who might be hungry or in need of fellowship. Thus, Stephen’s Table was born.”

The Corcorans prepare the meal each day. A typical lunch is homemade soup, sandwich, fruit, dessert and beverage. Volunteers help serve the meal. However, that is only part of the job. Ed and Beverly spend hours each week visiting local businesses that donate food to Stephen’s Table. Mrs. Corcoran also has the job of completing reports and correspondence to individuals, organizations and church groups who donate food and personnel to help with the food kitchen. 

Mr. Lewis’ nomination included several articles about the growing problem of hunger in this area, and the challenge of feeding those in need. Foodlink, a regional food bank that provides 13 million pounds of food annually to a 10-county service area including Genesee County, has undergone state and federal cutbacks. The Corcorans depend on food from Foodlink, but with less food and more people to serve, the challenge can be daunting. 

Last year Mr. Corcoran volunteered 1,932 hours to serving the needy at Stephen’s Table. Mr. Lewis noted in his nomination letter, “It must be emphasized that Ed and Beverly receive no compensation; their service is totally voluntary. Besides their time, they also contribute their own funds for gas to obtain donations. Their love and concern for the less fortunate in the region has been the driving force behind Stephen’s Table for these past 20 years.”

The Health and Humanitarian Award luncheon is open to the public. Reservations can be made by contacting United Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 344-5300. Seating will be limited so early reservations are encouraged.

July 21, 2011 - 2:37pm
posted by Billie Owens in events, UMMC Foundation.
Event Date and Time: 
October 7, 2011 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The UMMC Foundation will be holding its annual Autumn Auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. The event will have silent and live auctions, basket raffles, TV raffle, Duck Pluck and Dessert Dash.

October 16, 2010 - 9:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in charity, UMMC Foundation.

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A capacity crowd was at the Holiday Inn on Friday night for the UMMC Foundation's Fall Auction. The event included a Chinese auction, big-screen TV drawing, dinner and a live auction. Proceeds benefit the new surgery center scheduled to open in January.

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