Knights of Columbus reach million dollar mark with Calvary Hospital

BRONX, NY, December 2012 – On Sunday, December 2, Calvary Hospital celebrated a significant milestone with long-time supporter, the Knights of Columbus Mary Queen of Peace Council 4521. Following a Mass in memory of Alfonso J. Corcillo, who passed away in August 2012 at Calvary, the Hospital accepted a check for $140,000 from Alice Bieder and Marion Corcillo in memory of their late husbands, Robert and Al, respectively. 

         Mr. Bieder and Mr. Corcillo were founding members of Mary Queen of Peace, one of 26 neighborhood councils in the Bronx and Manhattan that comprise the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus. Over the years, as a result of their extraordinary commitment to the Hospital’s mission, Calvary has received a number of major gifts. These gifts have ensured that the Hospital’s extensive range of palliative care services and programs continue to be available to patients and family members who need them most. 

         “For more than three decades, the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus has supported Calvary by making us the principal beneficiary of their year-round fundraising efforts,” said Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO, Calvary. 

         “There is no way that we would have been able to help as many people at this sacred time of their lives, if it had not been for the generosity and vision of men like Bob and Al. We are deeply grateful for their vigilance and deep love of our mission.”

         Mr. Corcillo and Mr. Bieder were long-time residents of -- and dedicated community leaders -- in the Bronx. Their commitment and financial stewardship over the years helped make the Mary Queen of Peace Council a philanthropic force in the New York area. 

         The New York Chapter Knights of Columbus was founded in 1899, the same year that Calvary was founded.

         Calvary Hospital is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients. A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century. More than 6,000 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, home hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services.

 

PHOTOCAPTION

The Knights of Columbus Mary Queen of Peace Council presents a $140,000 gift to Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO, Calvary Hospital. With this latest gift, the NY Chapter has raised $1,000,000 to date for Calvary Hospital. Pictured (left to right) are:

  • Alice Bieder, widow of Robert F. Bieder, founding member, Mary Queen of Peace Council;
  • Frank A. Calamari, President and CEO, Calvary; and
  • Marion Corcillo, widow of Alfonso J. Corcillo, founding member, Mary Queen of Peace Council.
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