Eldercare Foundation’s First Annual Legacy Luncheon a Success

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Pictured from Left: Nascentia Health President and CEO Kate Rolf; former New York State Senator Tarky Lombardi, Jr; Gerald N. Hoffman; Roberta (Joey) Walters; Ed Riley; and Nascentia Health Eldercare Foundation Chair Anita P. Lombardi.

Nascentia Health’s Eldercare Foundation held its first annual Legacy Luncheon on Wednesday, May 16.

More than 240 guests gathered at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown for the event, which featured a keynote presentation by two-time TED Talk Presenter and international Hall of Fame speaker Mike Rayburn. Using his world class guitar skills and hilarious music-based comedy as a metaphor, Rayburn illustrated three tools designed to turn guests into an army of innovators with the peak performance skills to transcend the status quo and lead by creating change.

Complementing Rayburn’s performance were the presentations of the Foundation’s first annual Legacy Awards, recognizing community members/organizations and Nascentia Health patients who have made a profound and lasting impact on the greater Syracuse community or shown a commitment to advocating for the aging and/or eldercare services.

The Eldercare Community Champion Award was presented to Ed Riley and the Hotel Syracuse Restoration Team in recognition of their dedication to promoting and reusing New York State’s irreplaceable architectural heritage and for the positive economic and community impact the hotel’s restoration has had on the city of Syracuse and surrounding suburbs.

The Eldercare Achiever Award was presented to Eldercare Social Day Program participant John (Jack) C. Walters in recognition of his dedication to advancing the healthcare delivery system and for his many contributions to the pharmaceutical industry, which ultimately changed the way hospitals across the country dispense and track medications. Walters’ wife, Roberta (Joey) Walters, accepted the award on his behalf.

The Amelia Greiner Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Gerald N. Hoffman, former Executive Vice President of the Onondaga County Medical Society, in recognition of his longstanding service and commitment to physicians and to protecting the health of our community. The award was presented by Hoffman’s long-time friend and colleague, former New York State Senator Tarky Lombardi, Jr.

Funds raised by the event will support the Foundation’s mission of enabling aging, ill and frail individuals to remain at home with dignity and independence. Major sponsors included The Hayner Hoyt Corporation; Cygnus Management Foundation, Inc.; Kinney Drugs Foundation; Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC; and SUNY Upstate Medical University.

“This event was all about innovation, transformation and community leadership,” said Kate Rolf, president and CEO. “As such, Mr. Rayburn’s transformational ‘What if…?’ keynote presentation was the perfect complement to our awards, which highlighted the innovation and collaboration that led to the restoration of the Hotel Syracuse and the way that local businesses and community leaders have worked together to grow and enhance our region’s healthcare environment.”

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