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WCA Hospital Director of Development
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WCA Employees Honor Memory of Cherished Co-Workers
Fundraise to Support Crossley & Bush Endowment Funds

WCA Hospital
L to R: Debra Triscari, WCA IV Therapist; Nancy Hunt, Respiratory Therapist; Deanna Fuller, Respiratory Therapist; Brigetta Overcash, WCA Foundation Executive Director; Cristie Herbst, WCA Foundation Board Chair; P. Christian Yates, WCA Foundation Board Member; Kathy Durnell, Respiratory Therapist; and Jennifer Wendel, Sleep Center Coordiantor.

Jamestown, NY (Friday, November 4, 2011)—It is sometimes difficult to find the most appropriate way to honor the memory of a deceased family member, friend, or co-worker. For WCA Hospital employees who work within or alongside the Respiratory Therapy department, this task has been met with eager enthusiasm as they continue to pay tribute to the memory of cherished co-workers, Karen Crossley and Denny Bush, by supporting endowment funds named in their honor.

After the tragic loss of Karen Crossley in 2006 and Denny Bush in 2011, co-workers and family members created named endowment funds at the WCA Foundation. These endowment funds are invested for growth and income, and will support the future of WCA Hospital. The Karen Ross Crossley Memorial Scholarship Fund annually provides a scholarship to a deserving WCA Hospital employee, while each year members of the Bush family will help WCA determine the project that will be funded by the Dennis P. Bush Memorial Fund.

“Karen and Denny were dearly loved and very influential employees in our department,” explains Jennifer Wendel, Sleep Center Coordinator at WCA Hospital. “We miss them so much, but take comfort in the fact that working together to support these funds is a great way to remember and honor the dedicated passion of our friends.”

Through the combined efforts of these WCA employees and family members, in 2011, The Karen Ross Crossley Scholarship Committee raised a total of $1,330 through fundraising activities which included a golf outing, party, and basket auction. The committee then donated these proceeds to grow both endowment funds.

If you, too, would like to support the Karen Ross Crossley Memorial Scholarship Fund or Dennis P. Bush Memorial Fund, or create an endowment fund of your own, please contact Brigetta Overcash, WCA Foundation Executive Director, at (716) 664-5461 or mail your tax-deductible gift to: WCA Foundation, PO Box 214, Jamestown, NY 14702-0214.

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