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February 28, 2014

DeGraff looking to the future

Brick sale denotes hospital's 100th year

Tonawanda News — The latest fundraising idea by the DeGraff Hospital Auxiliary hit MaryBeth Kupiec like a ton of bricks — pun intended — as the project is a commemorative brick sale.

Kupiec, the hospital’s volunteer coordinator and project organizer, explained that the brick sale will allow the auxiliary to pave the hospital’s memorial garden on the west side of the building.

“We’ll start with the walkway into the garden. The garden is off the parking lot and outside the cafeteria windows, so it will be seen inside and out by many, including staff, visitors and patients,” Kupiec said.

Kupiec explained that the auxiliary has a long tradition of providing for the community and fulfilling hospital requests for equipment and renovations.

“The commemorative brick sale not only demonstrates this commitment and history it also will help provide and build for the future,” she said.

The project is one of several events this year connected to DeGraff’s 100th year anniversary.

The theme for the fundraiser is “Commemorate the past, build a future, brick by brick.”

Cathy Feind, scheduling secretary at DeGraff and an auxiliary board member, is helping Kupiec with the project.

“I’m a behind-the-scenes kind of person,” Feind smiled. “This is a unique event and my job will be to keep track of donors and do proof-reading to make sure the bricks are exactly as they are ordered. We hope the community will make its mark and be part of our history,” she added.

Each eight by four-inch clay brick is $75 and will have a personalized message written by the donor. There is room for three lines of text on each brick.

“This isn’t just for memorials,” Kupiec is quick to point out. “The brick can denote that the donor was born here or perhaps the family has ties to the hospital, businesses and organizations may purchase a brick or perhaps a donor would like a congratulatory message for a graduation or wedding. Whatever the donor chooses.”

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