FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2008

CONTACT: M. “Peggy” Salisbury 908-771-5730;
Norma T. Sheld 908-771-5815

 

Ice Cream Social at Runnells Specialized Hospital

Before the dog days of summer were just memories, RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County held the Annual Ice Cream Social. This delicious tradition is made possible by members of the Berkeley Heights Lions Club who sponsored the hospital-wide event at RUNNELLS, together with the facility’s Volunteer Guild.

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Ernest Salvati, Chairperson of the RUNNELLS’ Resident Council, formerly of Roselle Park (left) and John Healy, formerly of Stirling (right), both residents of RUNNELLS Hospital were served ice cream sundaes with “the works” at the Annual Ice Cream Social. There to serve the sundaes were Patricia Scott, AD of Union (second from left), Director of Volunteer Services and Activities Therapy for the facility and Don Miller, a Berkeley Heights resident and member of the Berkeley Heights Lions Club (second from right).

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(Back Row) Representing the Berkeley Heights Lions Club are (left to right) – 2nd Vice President George Wagenbach (of Berkeley Heights); Don Miller (of Berkeley Heights); Vince Peszynski (of New Providence); Treasurer Pete Cino (of Berkeley Heights) and Vice President Adrian Basili (of Gillette). Front Row (left to right) Representing The Volunteer Guild of RUNNELLS Specialized Hospital of Union County are Anne P. Forgione and her husband Leonard Forgione, Volunteer Guild President (both of New Providence); Patricia Scott (of Union), Director of Volunteer Services and Activities Therapy and Berkeley Heights Lions Club member Vito Fragati (of Berkeley Heights).

“The Union County Freeholders applaud the Berkeley Heights Lions Club for over 40 years of service to the patients and residents of RUNNELLS,” said Union County Freeholder Chester Holmes, RUNNELLS liaison. The Club, in cooperation with our Volunteer Guild has helped make annual picnics and ice cream socials possible for all these years as well as supporting our Annual Holiday Parties/Gift Distributions. We thank both groups for all that they have done and hope that they will be there for the patients and residents of RUNNELLS for the next 40 plus years.”

The Berkeley Heights Lions and the Runnells Guild didn’t just give money to make the ice cream social possible, they volunteered their time to take orders, make and deliver sundaes and receive a lot of smiles. Anyone who would like to become a part of RUNNELLS’ volunteer family or learn more about the Guild should contact the Office of Volunteer Services of RUNNELLS at 908-771-5847. Flexible hours and a variety of opportunities exist.