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The Benedictine Health Foundation will honor community leaders, Dr. Martin Cascio and the Casciaro Family, at their 46th Annual Gala “Passport to Holidays Around the World” on Friday, December 11th at Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern in Saugerties.

Martin Cascio, MD

Martin Cascio, MD

Dr. Cascio will be presented with the St. Benedict Award for Medical Excellence. Cascio is president of the HealthAlliance Medical Staff and has worked as an Anesthesiologist in the Hudson Valley since 1997. He has held the position of Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the former Benedictine Hospital and as Vice-President of the Medical Staff. Dr. Cascio maintains his academic ties as a Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at New York Medical College.

The Casciaro Family

Casciaro brothers, Paul, Frank, Jr., and Lou

The Casciaro Family will be presented with the St. Benedict Award for Community Spirit. The Casciaro’s have served in volunteer leadership roles for many organizations in the Ulster County community including Benedictine Hospital’s Cancer Center Campaign, YMCA of Kingston and Ulster, United Way, American Cancer Society, and the Italian American Foundation. Frank Casciaro, Sr. and his wife Gloria started their insurance business in Kingston in 1977; their sons, Louis, Frank Jr. and Paul all joined the family business, now The Reis Group, which has grown to 50 employees at four locations.

The Gala will feature holiday fare from around the world and dancing to Bill’s Toupee. Reservations are $175.00 per person. For further information contact the Benedictine Health Foundation at (845) 334-3017 or go online to

Front Row: Rich Gillette, Foundation President, Sister Mary Feehan, O.S.B., County Executive, Mike Hein, and Paul Beichert, Foundation Board. Top Row: Bob Ryan, Foundation Board, Barbara Klassen, Executive Director, and Dan Gruner, Foundation Board.

Patriots Project LogoKingston, New York – January 28, 2014 – The Benedictine Health Foundation recently presented a check in the amount of $10,000.00 to Ulster County Executive Michael Hein in support of the Patriots Project – Transitional Veterans’ Housing. The funds will help pay for renovations of the future Veterans’ home located at 67 Wurts Street in Kingston, and will afford Ulster County the ability to provide homeless Veterans rehabilitation services to assist with their transition from military to civilian life. The property stands directly across from Thomas Cornell Park, which is the site of an existing Veterans’ Memorial.

“In support of and appreciation for the many sacrifices our military members make for the cause of freedom, the Benedictine Health Foundation is pleased to support our local veterans through the services made available by the Patriots Project.  We are honored to play a role in such a worthy project that upholds our mission to improve the health and well-being of the underserved in Ulster County,” said Rich Gillette, President of the Benedictine Health Foundation.

“It is my privilege to thank the Benedictine Health Foundation for their very generous donation toward the Patriots Project,” said County Executive Hein. “The additional help we receive through community organizations such as the Benedictine Health Foundation, in support of our local Veterans who have sacrificed so much for us is inspiring. Soon Ulster County will have a place for our Veterans in need to live and receive rehabilitation services, such as mental health, medical care and job placement, and which will allow us to truly say, ‘welcome home.’”

Over 60,000 Veterans are homeless nationwide, and it is estimated the there are 20 – 40 homeless Veterans in Ulster County at any given time. For more information, visit:’s-home.

Dear Friends and Supporters — Happy New Year!

The Benedictine Health Foundation has been the recipient of countless hours of volunteer service and significant financial contributions for over 36 years.  We are honored by each gift of time and monetary donations received that have improved the quality of health and spiritual care in Ulster County.

We are grateful that so many people in our community are involved in our fundraising efforts, can embrace change, and continue to endorse our Foundation’s mission and vision as we carry on our work with the Benedictine Sisters, HealthAlliance, and community-based healthcare providers.

Thank you for your overwhelming response to our 2013 Year-End Appeal, and for giving us the privilege to expend those funds to support our core areas of focus: cancer patient and family services, spiritual care, and mental health and substance abuse services.  In addition to our pillars of giving, we will continue to offer financial support for capital requests as prioritized by HealthAlliance administration and that are in line with our Mission.

The following services, programs and technologies are just a few of the projects we have identified to fund in our community and at HealthAlliance in 2014:


– $100,000 in Financial Assistance to individuals receiving cancer treatment — distributed
through the Benedictine Health Foundation’s Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund

– “Caring for the Caregiver” – May 2, 2014 — An all-day retreat for Caregivers presented in
partnership with Caring Connections of Ulster County

– The Patriots Project: Transitional Housing for Veterans – Ulster County Veterans’ Service Agency


– Expansion of Chaplain/Spiritual Care Services to serve the needs of patients at the
Mary’s Avenue and Broadway Campus

– ICU GlideScope Intubation Equipment

– Construction of a Comfort Room for the Inpatient Mental Health Services Unit

– Nursing Education Scholarships – Dr. Neil S. Lieblich and Adrian McGlothin
Memorial Scholarship Funds

– Lung Cancer Screening Program funded by the Benedictine Auxiliary

– Mental Health Services EXPO May 2014

Thank you for your continued generosity!  We look forward to our upcoming fundraising events, and invite you to join us to share a fun afternoon or evening with friends and neighbors that you care about – while supporting a cause that you care about.

For information on volunteer opportunities, upcoming events, ways to give,
and Foundation initiatives, please call Barbara Klassen at (845) 334-3186 or email, Please sign up for our e-news:


Jessica D. Caserto

The Benedictine Health Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica D. Caserto to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

A graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, with a dual concentration in Finance and Accounting, Caserto is an Associate Director of Real Property Services at Central Hudson Gas & Electric in Poughkeepsie since 2009. She was formerly employed as an accountant with Deloitte & Touche in New York City.

Caserto will serve on the Foundation’s Finance and Strategic Planning Committees, and is currently involved with Leadership Dutchess and Rebuilding Together – Dutchess County.

She resides in Marlboro with her husband, Marc, and their 4 children, Anna Maria, Lorenzo, Santino, and Angelo.

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