The Health Association of Niagara County Inc. presented six awards during its annual meeting and luncheon June 15 at the Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston.
Gary Tucker, president and CEO of Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center, has been a friend to HANCI for many years, and was presented with the Outstanding Sponsor Award. The accolade recognizes the outstanding contributions of an individual, business, agency or other nonprofit who directly supports the mission of HANCI.
Also honored was Teresa Torre, who received the Chris Richbart Heart of HANCI Award for being the person in this community who exemplifies all elements of heart: honesty, excellence, respect, compassion and teamwork.
The Outstanding Partner Award was presented to Gary P. Hall, president and CEO of Waste Technology Services. Hall demonstrates leadership and a commitment to making the community a better place. He goes above and beyond to help others, and encourages others to raise the quality of life in this area.
The 2016 Chairperson's Award for Distinguished Service was presented to Sister Concetta DeFelice, OSF, and to Sister Beth Niederpruem, OSF, for their many years of dedication and service to HANCI.
Special recognition was also given to 12 of HANCI's home care aides for their loyal and dedicated service to HANCI and the Niagara County community.
Always one of the event highlights is the presentation of the Karen Albond Courage in Caring Award, presented annually to an individual who perseveres in service to others, despite a disability. Betsy Diachun nominated Judith Bongiovanni, who is confined to a wheelchair due to a chronic illness. Despite her challenges, Bongiovanni served as a supervisor in the Niagara County Office of the Aging - working as a social worker to help both children and elderly. She also spends time volunteering and giving back to her community.
The Health Association of Niagara County Inc. (HANCI) is a nonprofit community organization that provides caring, proactive diversified programs and services that promote independence and healthy lifestyles across generations.