Klock Kingston Foundation Grants $25,000 to Support Health Care in Ulster County

The Klock Kingston Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to support the Benedictine Health Foundation’s programs that provide financial support and compassionate care to people coping with the diagnosis of cancer, and behavioral health and substance abuse disorders.

Programs that will benefit include the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund to assist cancer patients while they receive treatment, $90,000 is distributed annually, and valuable workshops and educational forums for adolescents to educate them on behavioral health conditions that can lead to discrimination or bullying, and create reluctance for our youth to seek help. Topics presented are crucial to healthy development, self-esteem and confidence, and share a critical message of persistence, resilience, self-worth and hard work.

“We thank the Klock Foundation and Key Private Bank for their continuous support of our mission to raise and distribute resources to support quality healthcare that improves the physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being of those who are vulnerable and underserved in Ulster County and the surrounding area,” stated Robert J. Ryan, Jr., President of the Benedictine Health Foundation.

The Klock Kingston Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Ulster County to advance education, literacy, the arts, public health and the sciences. “As a member of the Klock Kingston Trustees, we are again proud to continue the charitable legacy of Lucia and Jay Klock, and to support health care services in the Ulster County community,” stated Sloan Saverine, Vice President and Senior Trust Officer of Key Private Bank.

The Benedictine Health Foundation, based in Kingston, NY, has supported healthcare programs and services since 1977. For further information, contact Barbara Klassen, Executive Director, at (845) 481-1303.

Picture caption from left: Wendy Quinn (Bank), Perry Lasher, Anna Brett & Elenie Loizou (Junior League of Kingston), John Werner, Hope Nemiroff (Breast Cancer Options), Christine Hein (People’s Place), Sean DuBois, Elisa Anderson (Rip Van Winkle Council), Scott Reynolds (Kiwanis Kingston Classic), Jess Davis, Barbara Klassen (Benedictine Health Foundation), Shari Bach (Paws Unlimited), Joe Fay (Kiwanis Kingston Classic), Suzy Hinchey (Ulster County Community Action), Jennifer Geuss (Ulster County SPCA), Ray Braun (Rip Van Winkle Council), Ellen Cordero (Autism Society Hudson Valley), Rodney Batista (Triumph Organization), Rob Agostinoni, and Don Gibson.

Local non-profit organizations were presented with donations from The Bank of Greene County’s Charitable Foundation at the Bank’s new Kingston branch location in Ulster County.  On hand to present the awards were Donald Gibson (President), Jess Davis (Kingston Branch Manager), Perry Lasher (Commercial Lending Director), Sean DuBois (Commercial Lending Officer), Rob Agostinoni (Lending Manager), and John Werner (Lending Consultant).  A total of $94,000 will be awarded this year from the Bank of Greene County’s Charitable Foundation to over 100 local non-profit organizations.  And as part of the Grand Opening specials for the new branch, the Bank also donated $10 to a local charity for every new account opened during the promotional period.

The organizations receiving donations at this time were:

  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • Autism Society Hudson Valley
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Benedictine Health Foundation
  • Breast Cancer Options
  • Caring Hands Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry
  • Health Alliance Foundation
  • Junior League of Kingston
  • Kiwanis Kingston Classic
  • Paws Unlimited
  • People’s Place
  • Rip Van Winkle Council, Boy Scouts
  • Triumph Organization
  • Ulster County Community Action
  • Ulster County SPCA
  • United Way of Ulster County
  • YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County

Since 1998, the Foundation has awarded close to $900,000 to fund a wide variety of projects benefiting and including education, health and wellness, social and civic services, culture, arts, and affordable housing. Applications are accepted each year between December 1st and January 15th.  More information about The Bank of Greene County and the Charitable Foundation may be found at the Bank’s website www.tbogc.com.

The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation awarded a grant in the amount of $15,000 to the Benedictine Health Foundation to support a new initiative, the Breast Education and Breast Outreach Program (BEBOP), which was developed by the staff of the Fern Feldman Anolick Center for Breast Health and the Oncology Support Program at Benedictine Hospital, a member of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley.

This new initiative addresses an urgent community need and is designed to close the gap for a significant segment of our region’s population through outreach and education by promoting screening and diagnosis among minority and underserved women.

“Lower-income, uninsured and under-insured women have a great advocate in BEBOP,” said MaryRose Warcholak, Executive Director of the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation. “We’re pleased to support this critical health initiative in our community.” (more…)

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