FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2010



The Annual Spirit of Giving was Celebrated
at Runnells Specialized Hospital

the annual spirit of giving was celebrated at runnells
Members of the Berkley Heights Lions and RUNNELLS volunteers paused to gather for a photo before distributing the holiday gifts to the facility’s residents and patients.

Before the old year ended, RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County hosted the annual holiday luncheon for the hospital’s volunteers and the Berkeley Heights Lions. It is held to say thank you for all that they do throughout the year for the facility’s residents and patients.

After the luncheon, Santa Claus handed out gifts…very special gifts. Barbara McMahon, one of the volunteers starts asking residents, their family or staff in August what the residents would like for their holiday gift and does the shopping herself. This personal touch helps Santa to have the perfect present.

“The help that the volunteers of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital and the Berkeley Heights Lions give on behalf of RUNNELLS residents comes from the heart,” noted Union County Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh, Freeholder liaison to RUNNELLS SpecializedHospital. “My hat is off to these dedicated men and women.”

Representing the Lions at the luncheon were: from Berkeley Heights – Donald C. Miller and George Wagenbach; from Gillette – Adrian Basili; from New Providence – Vincent Peszynski.

Representing the volunteers at the event were: from Basking Ridge - Ramona Rademacher; from Berkeley Heights - Rose Anderson; from Garwood - Judith Haakonsen and Harold F. Gries; from Martinsville – Herb and Rosaleen Appenzoller, Mary Ann “Tommie” Kelhoffer, Sharon Thomas, Mary A. Helms and Paul W. Thomas; from Murray Hill – Patricia A. Cullen; from New Providence – Alice Bakker, Anne P. and Leonard J. Forgione and Barbara McMahon; from Scotch Plains – Carolyn Farnsworth and from Watchung - Sylvia DeBrito.