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February 28, 2014

DeGraff looking to the future

Brick sale denotes hospital's 100th year


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“The Auxiliary continues its tradition of providing for the community, DeGraff and the patients who utilize the services at the hospital,” Hank Cole, DeGraff’s senior director of hospital operations, said.

“The commemorative brick sale not only demonstrates this commitment and history it also will help provide and build for the future. We are excited to have such a visible tribute to the caring that has come through DeGraff over the years. The plan is for the bricks to be arranged in our special garden settings so both staff and visitors can reflect on their messages,” he added.

Kupiec said she received a great deal of help from Don and Nancy Holler who organized a similar project when raising funds for the skatepark in Tonawanda.

“Nancy is a volunteer (at DeGraff) and she and Don were so gracious in giving suggestions,” Kupiec explained.

When enough bricks have been donated and winter ends, the plant operations workers will lay the bricks.

“It’ll be a lot of work,” Kupiec said. “But most important now is getting the word out and having the community join us in this venture. All proceeds from the project will go to the auxiliary and to the hospital for whatever projects they would like to have done.”

And, Kupiec concluded with a smile, “I can hardly wait until spring.”

The bricks may be purchased at the hospital’s gift shop, where a sample is displayed, or by calling Kupiec at 690-2088 or email

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