Cortlandt Manor, NY - (May 22, 2013) – Dressed in hospital gowns and carrying bedpans, area students from the Yorktown Leos Club raised $2,3000 for Hudson Valley Hospital Center this past weekend trolling for cash along Route 6.

The enterprising young fundraisers from Yorktown, Walter Panas and Lakeland High Schools, as well as Copper Beech and Mildred Strang Middle Schools raised the money in front of the Cortlandt Town Center on Saturday in less than five hours

Yorktown Leos adviser Al Avitable said that he got the idea for collecting money in the bed pans from a fundraiser the Leos did last year for the local 911 memorial using fireman’s boots.

“Given that we’re raising money for Hudson Valley Hospital, I thought it would be more appropriate – and funny – to use bedpans,’’ he said.

 Avitable said that the Lions youth group raised $4,500 for Support Connection, a support group for breast and ovarian cancer, with a concert earlier in May. Last year the Leos raised more than $20,000 for various causes, he said.



Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner, without regard to race, religion, national origin or disease category. Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community.  In fulfilling this mission, the Hospital will strive to continuously improve the care provided and develop and offer programs, facilities, systems and alliances that most effectively respond to community health care needs.  Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit






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