Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation chairman Arnold Palmer stood with foundation president Dr. Tom Gessner Sept. 25 for the John R. Mazero Fellows Recognition Reception.
Together they recognized new fellows and those moving into new levels of giving.
Palmer spoke with passion about the hospital he was born in on Sept. 10, 1929, and takes pride in the foundation formed 20 years ago to support it. Recent projects include providing complementary care for cancer patients at “Our Clubhouse,” completing waiting room renovations at the hospital and funding summer programs for children involved in school-based mental health counseling.
But there will always be more to do, he said.
“I'm asking all of you to give your total effort to keep things happening in Latrobe.” Palmer said. “You have a community that will be as good as to each and every one of you as you want to make it.”
Palmer sat with his wife, Kit, foundation board member Nancy Rogers Crozier and presidential-level fellows Dr. Bob and Rosemary Mazero, Palmer's friends from high school.
Bob Mazero said Palmer was always available to the foundation, especially in the early days.
Hotels and golf courses were told, “'If Latrobe calls, put them right through,'” Mazero said.
Palmer also hatched a plan to raise the foundation's first $5 million by bringing golf pros to Latrobe to play.
“He's something to watch in action,” Mazero said. “That's why the foundation is as strong as it is.
“He was responsible for that, and he did it on his own.”
The event was held at Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, part of St. Vincent College in Unity.
New fellows honored were Paul and Sharon Ament, Dr. Lorenzo and Dr. Kimberly Bucci and Ed and Mary Ann Kilkeary, and rising fellows were Dr. Alan and Elaine Christianson, Dr. Dan and Vicki DiCola andElizabeth Gaston.
A complete tribute to fellows is displayed at the Mazero Fellows Wall at Latrobe Hospital.
Seen: Excela CEO Bob Rogalski, Penny Gessner, Dr. Wylie and Marilyn Overly, Bill and Phil Dymond, Anita Manoli, Kay and Dan Yates, Father Paul Taylor, the Rev. Clark Kerr, Ralph and Donna Scalise, Paul and Diana Kreiling, Norma Samide, and James and Dr. Carol Fox.