Contact: Megan Barone
WCA Director of Development
Telephone: (716) 664-8423. Fax: (716) 664-8336

Der Kobblers Midway Car Show Benefits WCA Diabetes Education

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Colton Cappalino of Der Kobblers hands a $3,500 check to Kerry Mihalko, R.D., and WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educator and Megan Barone, WCA Director of Development. Der Kobblers members and their cars are featured.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, October 6, 2016)—Members of the Der Kobblers Automobile Association recently donated $3,500 to the WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program which represented proceeds from their 2016 Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show at Midway Park. This gift will enable WCA to purchase educational materials and tools, including measuring utensils to assist patients who have diabetes with portion control and empower them to make healthier food choices.

“The diabetes education provided by WCA Hospital is critical to this community,” says Sam Ognibene, Der Kobblers Board member. “Der Kobblers is pleased to once again partner with WCA so that patients can live a longer and healthier life.” Sam and Der Kobblers also wanted to thank all of the sponsors and community members who supported the event. If it wasn’t for everyone involved, they wouldn’t be able to provide support to so many in the community.

Over the last eight years, Der Kobblers has donated over $12,000 to WCA Hospital. These gifts have been used to furnish the diabetes teaching classrooms, including a laptop, screen, and food models, to better educate patients how to manage diabetes and provide tools they can utilize to change their lifestyles. Last year, proceeds were used to purchase pedometers to set goals for increasing physical activity to work toward a healthier lifestyle.

“The faithful commitment and generosity of Der Kobblers has allowed us to provide additional valuable resources which empower patients to take charge of their health,” says Kerry Mihalko, R.D., and WCA Hospital Certified Diabetes Educator. “Their gifts have made it possible for us to offer a wider selection of teaching tools which allows us to better meet each individual patient’s needs.”

Der Kobblers, founded in 1958 by car enthusiasts, the club continues their enthusiastic approach to giving. “Our goal is to change the way view “hot rodders” of the 50s and 60s,” says Sam. “We endeavor to help our community the best way we can by donating to WCA Hospital, Hospice of Chautauqua County as well as Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Alzheimer’s disease.” To donate to Der Kobblers causes, attend the local Labor Day Cruise-In Car Show at Midway Park. No admission to the show is required. Donations are gratefully accepted from all those who participate in the car show. For more information or to join Der Kobblers, call (716) 450-0663.

About WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program
The WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program, located at Jones Memorial Health Center, a division of WCA Hospital at 51 Glasgow Avenue, Jamestown, offers individual and group education services from initial consultation to follow-up teaching and guidance. The program helps clients develop a healthy lifestyle by teaching about the impact that food choices, activity, and medication have on the body and glucose control. Each plan developed is customized to meet the individual’s needs and help them achieve their health goals. The WCA Hospital Diabetes Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association since 2000 for providing quality education that meet all national standards for diabetes self-management.

For more information on the WCA Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program, call (716) 485-7474 or visit A physician referral is necessary to access the program.

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