Four hundred guests packed into the Paradise Manor catering hall in Brooklyn on Wednesday, June 6 as Maimonides Medical Center celebrated their work as volunteers.
A total of 1,800 people volunteered their time to work at the hospital doing various tasks that helped the operations run more smoothly and efficiently.
“Our volunteers assist with foreign language interpretation, administrative tasks, supportive services and recreational activities for patients,” said Alyssa Alario, a spokesperson for Maimonides.
During the event, the late Lola Schwartz was honored. Schwartz was a dedicated and long-time Maimonides volunteer according to Alario. As a tribute to the work that their mother did, Schwartz’s daughters, who also volunteer at the hospital, were presented with a plaque honoring their mother and her service to the hospital and community.
Kenneth Gibbs, president and CEO of Maimonides, couldn’t be at the ceremony, but he left his remarks for the volunteers present at the luncheon, saying, “Your participation in caring for our patients and their loved ones is commendable — you make our hospital a special place.”
Paradise Manor is located at 5802 New Utrecht Avenue.