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September 10th, 2008

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Annual Gala

Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber (center) with Eileen and James Taylor, and roughly 550 other guests gathered at Cornwall-on-Hudson’s Donahue Memorial Park for St. Luke’s Annual Gala.

Newburgh – Almost 550 friends of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital gathered September 6th at Cornwall-on-Hudson’s Donahue Memorial Park for the hospital Foundation’s gala, An Evening in Monte Carlo. The celebration, which garnered record attendance, honored New York State Senator Bill Larkin for his commitment and advocacy on behalf of the hospital and raised more than $200,000 (according to preliminary figures) to support the hospital’s strategic initiatives. Attendees were delighted by a surprise guest, former Giants running back Tiki Barber.

After welcoming the gala guests and thanking them for their support of SLCH and its initiatives to enhance health care in our region, Richard O’Beirne, Chair of the SLCH Board of Trustees, commended Sen. Larkin on his more than 30 years of public service. "Bill is a patriot, ambassador, diplomat and leader – a man our hospital and our community can count on to get things done."

SLCH President and CEO Allan E. Atzrott, calling Sen. Larkin "a man who has moved mountains," reflected on the millions of dollars in state funding the senator has been instrumental in securing for SLCH initiatives including Emergency Department renovations, construction of a helipad to expedite patient transport, Pediatric Unit renovations and most recently, monies for the construction of a comprehensive Cancer Treatment Center. "Bill is a true friend to our hospital and the people of this region," said Atzrott. "With the utmost respect and fondness I call him our ‘junkyard dog’ – tenacious, relentless, and unwavering in his commitment to get things done for the betterment of our community."

Sen. Larkin, visibly touched by the honor, was characteristically humble. "Public service has enriched my life and I consider it a privilege to work on behalf of all of you," he said. "I’m very proud to be part of the remarkable evolution of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital." Sen. Larkin also thanked his wife Pat and family for their support.

Atzrott concluded opening comments with the surprise announcement that a park on Dubois and Carter streets that SLCH is creating with the help of Newburgh Rotary, will be named Larkin Plaza. A plaque was unveiled that will be placed at the site for the ceremonial groundbreaking later this month.

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