Submitted by Mohawk Valley Health System

UTICA — Two Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) volunteers were honored as Outstanding Contribution by a Senior Citizen or Couple nominees at the Older American Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 19, at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro.

Honorees Anthony and Patricia Lupia of Whitesboro began volunteering at the St. Luke’s Campus in 2014. Patricia’s initial role was delivering newspapers to patients, a job that her husband, Tony, volunteered for when she was asked to assist at the information desk.

In addition to her information desk role, Patricia provides clerical support in the Human Resources Department and fills in as a greeter in the surgical waiting room. This year, she was elected to serve as a board member of the Faxton St. Luke’s Volunteer Association. Tony has also expanded his role by helping to sort and deliver mail to all departments at the Faxton Campus.

Volunteering is nothing new to the Lupias; while working full time and raising their five children, the couple volunteered at St. Paul’s Catholic Church Spring Bazaar helping to run games. The duo also taught Confirmation classes together.

“Tony and Patricia are a very special and generous couple,” wrote Delta Rubsamen, director of Volunteer Services at FSLH. “Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and so many community groups are better because of their gifts of time and talent.”

The award ceremony is hosted each May by the Oneida County Office for the Aging and Continuing Care in honor of Older Americans Month.

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