Democrat Photo by Matt Youngfrau
JOYCE SALIMENO, CENTER, was congratulated on Sunday by Congressman Maurice Hinchey, right, and state Assemblyman Jake Gunther, left, during Catskill Regional Medical Center Auxiliarys 25th anniversary gala.
CRMC Board Chair
By Matt Youngfrau
BLOOMINGBURG August 13, 2002 Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, as is its auxiliary. To celebrate such, the auxiliary presented their Gala 2002 on Sunday, August 11 at the Eagle's Nest. The evening paid tribute to CRMC Board of Trustees Chair Joyce Salimeno.
"We are here tonight to honor someone special. Joyce has touched one and all," remarked Auxiliary 1st Vice President (Administration) Ellen Cutler. "Great things happen when great people donate their time and talent. We have come a long way. We have a lot to be proud of."
It was pointed out that the auxiliary has raised over $1.3 million for the hospital in 25 years. Auxiliary President Gloria Garfield presented CRMC President Arthur Brien with a check for $30,000, which fulfilled their promised donation for the year.
"The auxiliary works tirelessly. They carry the banner forward," Brien commented. "But I would be a little remiss if I did not say a few words about my boss, Joyce Salimeno. She sets the tone for where we are going and what we are doing. She moves us forward. I tip my hat to you."
"I am very pleased to recognize the achievements of a special lady," stated Clemence Frank, who presented Salimeno with her award. "Joyce has achieved so much. She is a model for all females. She is the best friend the county ever had, and she is our own masterpiece."
Exactly 164 people came out to honor Salimeno and the hospital, both of which received awards from New York State Senator John Bonacic, United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, United States Congressman Maurice Hinchey, New York State Assemblyman Jake Gunther, and the Sullivan County Legislature.
"This is overwhelming, and I am enormously grateful," Salimeno stated. "This has very special meaning for me."
After her speech, the Salimenos presented a $1,000 check to the auxiliary.
"You can see her passion when she does things," remarked Sullivan County District 8 Legislator Bob Kunis, who then wryly observed, "Joyce is a perfect example to support cloning. If we had more of Joyce, we would have less problems in the world."
"Joyce is an inspiration," Gunther said. "She is a beacon of light. As the old saying goes, behind every great woman is Pat."
Indeed, Pat Salimeno, Joyce's husband, was also honored. The auxiliary gave him a plaque as his wife stated, "Without Pat, I would not be standing here."
Both Salimenos received a standing ovation. They then proceeded to the dance floor while Dr. Marc Hudes sang to them.