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Lenox Hill Hospital volunteer Vincent Foster and Auxilian Ellen Starr were honored at the United Hospital Fund's 19th Annual Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony, held March 16, at the Waldorf-Astoria. Mr. Foster and Ms. Starr were part of an elite group of 89 volunteers who were honored for providing exceptional service to hospitals throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Janice Huff, chief meteorologist of NBC4 New York was the special guest at the event, which drew nearly 800 attendees to the hotel's Grand Ballroom.
Vincent Foster has been a volunteer at Lenox Hill Hospital for over eight years. He has volunteered in the Pharmacy Department and most recently as a receptionist in the Human Resources Department. Glenn Courounis, Vice President of Human Resources lauds Mr. Foster as a thorough and detail oriented worker who is always punctual, reliable and someone who takes his responsibilities very seriously. Mr. Foster is a retired Social Studies teacher for the NYC Public School System and an accomplished trumpet player. He is also a minister at the Christadelphian Ecclesia Church.
Ellen Starr, has been a member of Lenox Hill Hospital’s Auxiliary for over fifteen years. She has chaired several fundraising events including the Auxiliary’s annual theater benefit, which raises funds to support programs and enhancements at the hospital, and served on the Auxiliary’s Executive Committee. Ms. Starr has done a great deal for the morale of the Auxiliary by putting together various Auxiliary outings; museum tours and benefits. Auxilian Colleen Pizzitola says she is the “glue that holds us together” via these morale building events. Ms. Starr is a principal in an interior design firm and has brought her creative eye to many hospital events including its annual Autumn Ball.
Mr. Foster and Ms. Starr were chosen from among 50,000 New York City health care volunteers for their willingness to give their time unselfishly—to improve health care in our city.
The United Hospital Fund's Hospital Auxilian and Volunteer Achievement Awards are part of the United Hospital Fund's efforts to mobilize the energies of volunteers, recognize volunteer achievements, and open new avenues for volunteer involvement in health care.