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Edgeworth attorney honored for support of Villa St. Joseph

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Kristina Serafini | Trib Total Media
Eugene Giotto of Edgeworth stands for a photo at of Villa St. Joseph in Baden on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Giotto was named the 2014 Partner in Caring and will receive an award at the residential nursing care facility's annual Young at Heart fundraising gala in September.

Although Eugene Giotto is honored to be receiving Villa St. Joseph's 2014 Partner in Caring Award, he said there are many others there who deserve the recognition.

“The award really could be given to everyone. All of the care providers are committed to the residents and that's a mutual belief of the members of the board. It's very fulfilling,” he said.

“Everyone has a common goal.”

The Partner in Caring award is given each year to an individual, group or organization who helps to promote the mission of the Baden residential nursing care and rehabilitation facility.

Giotto of Edgeworth will be presented with the award during the annual Young at Heart fundraising gala on Sept. 19, which benefits the benevolent care and music therapy programs at Villa St. Joseph.

“I would say that Gene's greatest contribution to Villa St. Joseph has been his steadfast diligence in support of the mission. He has been very responsive to all inquiries directed to him and has shared a broad legal and ethical perspective in many matters,” said Executive Director Mary Murray of Giotto, a trial attorney for Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney.

“We are thankful for Gene's wise counsel over the years and his support of our mission of excellence in compassionate care,” she said.

Sister Judith Maroni, CSJ, director of mission integration, described Giotto as someone dedicated to the mission at Villa St. Joseph.

“As a board member, Gene generously shared his legal expertise when called upon with wise counsel that facilitated positive outcomes.

He was consistently cordial, supportive and encouraging of all Villa St. Joseph endeavors,” she said.

Giotto said he thinks the award was a “thank you” from the Villa. His tenure as one of the board of directors ended in June after serving the maximum time allowed — three three-year terms.

“That's good, though,” he said of the limit because it enables new members with fresh ideas to bring to the table.

Before Giotto was asked by another board member to join almost a decade ago, he had not been to the campus, but heard good things about it. He said many friends and acquaintances have had family members at Villa St. Joseph over the years.

“I've always thought the Villa was a special jewel for the community,” he said.

“You come here and there really is a sense of community and helping your neighbor, coming together for the common good.”

Kristina Serafini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1405 or kserafini@tribweb.com.

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