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2nd Annual “Winning Winter Whiskers” Fundraiser

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (March 19, 2013) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s 2nd Annual Winning Winter Whiskers fundraising campaign is off to a great start, raising over $11,000 so far.  But we need the community’s help to make our $35,000 goal.

Nearly 30 men have signed up to grow their whiskers to benefit the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. While it may be too late to join the whisker-growing competition, it’s not too late to support your favorite contestant. Sponsorships for this great event are also still available. Visit www.hvhc.orgto find out more.

 “Our new event website has made it so easy to get involved and to track all the beard-growing progress,’’ said John Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “We’d like to thank our sponsors, The Peekskill Brewery and Drive Action Digital, as well as, all the men who are growing their beards for this worthy cause. We urge everyone in the community to go on line and support these guys as they head into the final weeks of this competition.’’

Competition has been fierce in the final weeks. A group of employees from the Firehouse Grill in Peekskill are growing their beards for the cause as well as hospital physicians and other employees. Vying for the two top fundraising spots are two Hospital Vice Presidents, William Dauster, Vice President of Marketing and Development, and Edmund Coletti, Vice President of Facilities. Dauster has pulled ahead, raising $3,075, surpassing his goal of $3,000. Coletti has raised $1,960, very close to making his $2,000 goal. The total raised thus far is $11,262.

While Dauster said he doesn’t want to give up the lead, he’s hoping that some of the others will narrow the gap. “It’s all for a very good cause,’’ he said. “Cancer affects all of us and it’s important to support a quality, comprehensive cancer center like the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Center, which is right in our backyard.’’

The contest began March 1. Each participant snapped a clean shaven photo of themselves to record the progress. Photos of participants are posted on the HVHC Facebook page along with competition updates. To support a favorite contestant, visit www.hvhc.organd click on the beard icon on the homepage.

Those who contribute more than $100 will get free admission to The Beard Bash sponsored by the Peekskill Brewery in the Tap Room of its brand new location on South Water Street on Monday April 1st from 5 to 8 p.m.  The event will be open to the public for a donation of $25 at the door and awards will be given for Most Money Raised, Wildest Beard, Longest Beard, and Most Creative Fundraising Tactics. Sponsorship opportunities for the Beard Bash are still available. Information can be found on the event website or by calling the HVHC Foundation Office at 914-734-3526.

On average, a cancer patient makes more than 100 individual trips to obtain care during their first year of diagnosis and treatment. Cancer patients in the HVHC Center’s service area have had to drive at least 30 minutes or more to access care. The Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center offers care close to home, reducing stress on patients and their families, and provides all services under one roof. 

The Cancer Center houses The Ashikari Breast Center and Institute for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, offering world-renowned physicians in breast surgery and reconstruction and leading technology in women’s imaging.  Services include radiation and infusion therapy as well as support programs. The Center is the only facility in the region to offer tomotherapy, a state-of-the-art radiation therapy that precisely pinpoints cancerous cells while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. The Center’s design, with adjoining conference and office space, encourages communication and clinical consultations between physicians, technologists and clinical staff.

 

 

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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. For physician directory assistance please call 800-482-HVHC or visit www.hvhc.org.