Murphy Realty Group Donates to the Benedictine Health Foundation, and more

On behalf of the Benedictine Health Foundation, we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to John Murphy and the Murphy Realty Group for their generosity in hosting “Help Us Help Others” by bringing awareness to local charities and giving back to the community and donating $100,000 to 40 local charities!

The Benedictine Health Foundation is honored to be selected as one of the 40 local charities Murphy Realty is helping. One $1000.00 donation was given to the Benedictine Health Foundation and an additional $1000.00 donation was given to the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund which in partnership with the Gruner Family, the Benedictine Health Foundation established in 2004 to aid in the treatment, care, and support of cancer patients in need.

Pictured left to right is Lynn Masanotti, Murphy Realty Group and Dan Gruner, Benedictine Health Foundation Board member

The Following Letter was published on The Daily Freeman’s website on December 31, 2020. The full letter can be found here.

Dear Editor,

On behalf of my family, I would like to thank our community for its continued support of the Benedictine Health Foundation’s Rosemary D. Gruner Cancer Fund.

The fund was established in 2004 and directly assists people in Ulster County to aid in the treatment, care, and support of cancer patients in financial need. Each year, we strive to raise more money to continue our work of providing financial support to our neighbors diagnosed with cancer.

Our largest fundraiser, the Bike for Cancer Care and 5K Run/Walk, was a virtual event this year. I want to personally thank all of the individuals, families, and businesses that helped raise over $87,000 in an extremely tumultuous year for everyone, including cancer patients.

If you would like to learn more about the fund and the assistance it provides to our community, please visit the website

My family, the Benedictine Health Foundation board members, and the cancer patients who are assisted, truly appreciate our community’s generous support. Thank you!

Albert J. Gruner Jr.
Hurley, N.Y.
The writer is chairman of the Bike for Cancer Care event.

We’re teaming up with John H. Fisher, P.C. to reward a successful individual or business with the opportunity to give back to the community. We need your help to decide who this individual or business should be. If you know someone who has achieved great success recently, please nominate them for a chance to win the opportunity to donate to a non-profit of their choice.

Kingston, N.Y. -December 31, 2019-Ephie Trataros, Attorney, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Benedictine Health Foundation.

Trataros is a past president of the Ulster County Bar Association as well as the former president of the Friends of the Senate House. She is a current member of the Junior League of Kingston, Gateway Industries and the Saint George Greek Orthodox church in Kingston

An Ulster County native, Ephie Trataros has practiced law in the state of New York since 1993 and founded the Trataros Law Firm, PLLC in 2009. Ms. Trataros is an attorney who enjoys helping clients find innovative solutions to the estate planning, elder law real estate, and guardianship situation that confront them. Trataros earned her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University of Law.

Jennifer Lafalce, Vice President, KeyBank, Robert J. Ryan, Immediate Past President, Benedictine Health Foundation, Bernadette Rexford, Executive Director, Benedictine Health Foundation, Virginia Kuper, Sr. Vice President, Key Private Bank, Charles M. Larsen, Vice President, KeyBank

Kingston, N.Y. – December 22, 2019 – The Klock Kingston Foundation, through Key Private Bank as Trustee, awarded a $25,000 grant to support the Benedictine Health Foundation’s Cancer Patient Emergency Assistance Fund.

“We thank the Klock Foundation and Key Private Bank for their continuous support of our mission. The Cancer Patient Emergency Assistance Fund enhances our capabilities to assist with bills and is a life changing means of support for people struggling with a cancer diagnosis”, stated Julie Krieger, President of the Benedictine Health Foundation.

The Benedictine Health Foundation’s mission is to raise and distribute financial resources to those struggling with a cancer diagnosis and whose financial means limit their ability to access or receive the care that they need. Assistance is provided to Ulster County residents and their families or those from neighboring counties receiving medical services in Ulster County.

Members from KeyBank and Key Private Bank presented the check to Benedictine Health Foundation on December 10.

“KeyBank is delighted to present this grant on behalf of the Klock Foundation,” said Key Private Bank Sales Leader Virginia Kuper. “We are proud to support Benedictine Health Foundation in advancing their mission to ensure that cancer patients in our community receive the quality and compassionate healthcare they need regardless of their financial situation.”
The Klock Kingston Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Ulster County to advance education, literacy, the arts, public health and the sciences.

Supporting the Benedictine Spirit of Compassionate Care