July 16, 2007

CONTACT: M. "Peggy" Salisbury 908-771-5730;
pager 908-539-6418 - Norma Sheld 908-771-5815


Governor Livingston Student Auxiliary Runs Bingo
at Runnells Specialized Hospital


Rose Falzone, formerly of Elizabeth, a RUNNELLS resident (center) enjoys a game of bingo run by members of the Governor Livingston High School Student Auxiliary. Among those helping the residents and patients were student auxiliary members David Elmi of Berkeley Heights and Amy DeGaetano of Mountainside.

(L-R) (rear row)
Michael Wilpiszeski of Berkeley Heights and
Mark DeGaetano of Mountainside look on as (front row) Steven and David Elmi of Berkeley Heights work the bingo machine. The four young men are members of the student auxiliary of Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights which ran a bingo game for RUNNELLS residents and patients. Ernest Salvati, formerly of Roselle Park, president of the Resident Council of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital played his bingo card.

Members of the student auxiliary of Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights proved that they are willing to take on adult responsibilities when they went to RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County to run a bingo game for residents and patients.

They called numbers; assisted players to cover bingo card spaces; helped to verify winning cards; helped players select their prizes and assisted serving refreshments. They even donated most of the prizes for the evening’s games.

“You always hear about teenagers taking, but the students from Governor Livingston High School's Student Auxiliary were giving,” said Union County Freeholder Chester Holmes, RUNNELLS liaison.  “Many teens are called selfish and not willing to help others, but these young people were mature and helpful. I hope that teenagers from other schools and organizations as well as individual teens will consider volunteering at RUNNELLS. The rewards are special and it’s a valuable addition to their resumes when applying to colleges.”

Students who are at least 14 are needed as junior RUNNELLS volunteers. Their volunteer opportunities for single occasions or for regular assistance include escorting patients and residents to Sunday services as well as to Occupational and Physical Therapy; assisting residents to complete ceramics projects and playing interactive games like bingo and checkers with residents. Junior volunteers may also bring residents and patients to the courtyard and chat or play a game together, or serve refreshments to patients and residents.

Anyone who wants to learn about volunteer opportunities at RUNNELLS, 40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights should call 908-771-5847.