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EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS SUPPORT MISSION OF HOSPICE

Mon, Jun 1st 2015 09:00 am
(Left to right) Niagara Hospice Director of Development Brendan McIntyre, Newfane Teachers Association President Joe Najuch, Newfane Teachers Association Secretary Beth Botzer, and Newfane Teachers Association Treasurer Renee Luck
(Left to right) Niagara Hospice Director of Development Brendan McIntyre, Newfane Teachers Association President Joe Najuch, Newfane Teachers Association Secretary Beth Botzer, and Newfane Teachers Association Treasurer Renee Luck

The Newfane Teachers Association raised their annual donation to Niagara Hospice to $2,000 over last year's $1,500 gift with proceeds from their annual Scholarship/Hospice Fundraiser. In addition to supporting Niagara Hospice's work, funds raised from the event will be used for college scholarships for high school students. The Association was able to increase their donation due to increased support of the event as well as a No Shave November event that raised $700. Newfane Teachers Association President Joe Najuch and Treasurer Renee Luck organized the event that featured food, basket raffles and more. No Shave November was organized by Dan Dolansky.

"Niagara Hospice is honored to have the support of the Newfane Teachers Association, as well as all the teachers, students, and parents that supported the Association's Scholarship/Hospice Fundraiser," said Brendan McIntyre, Niagara Hospice Director of Development.

Niagara County students also signed on as Hospice Heroes. Students from the Orleans-Niagara BOCES Niagara Career and Technical Education Center (NCTEC) Culinary Arts Program recently made a donation to support Niagara Hospice's work. The students in Mr. Bob Ihle's class raised $500 at their Thanksgiving baked good sale and Annual Open House pasta dinner. Over 300 pasta dinners were served at the event.

Many of the students that participate in the program go on to careers in the culinary arts. Two graduates of the NCTEC Culinary Arts Program, Tiffany Clark and Jen Anderson, work in the culinary department at Niagara Hospice House in Lockport.

"We are fortunate to have such a wonderful vocational high school program in our area, particularly one that also supports community organizations like Niagara Hospice," said Sal Lipuma, Director of Support Services at Niagara Hospice House. "We are very grateful for their continued support and enthusiasm."

The NCTEC Culinary Arts Program has been a long-time supporter of Niagara Hospice through various fundraisers, and by baking cookies for several Niagara Hospice events for bereaved family members.

Niagara Hospice has served over 25,000 Niagara County residents and their families since 1988. Hospice is specialized care for the terminally ill. Niagara Hospice provides supportive services to both the patient and family - providing more comfort, dignity and choice. For more information, call Niagara Hospice at 439-4417 or visit www.NiagaraHospice.org.

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