ALBANY, N.Y., March 10, 2005 – Phyllis Dake, executive vice president of Stewart’s Shops since 1948, has been named the Individual Philanthropist of the Year by the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc.
The award was bestowed at the Foundation’s Partners in Leadership reception held Wednesday evening (March 9) at the Fort Orange Club in Albany. The Foundation, which serves as the Medical Center’s fundraising organization, also presented Robert Paeglow, M.D., with the Dr. Alden March Award; Kimberley Comiskey with the Volunteer of the Year Award; and News Talk Radio 810 WGY with the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year Award.
“These individuals and News Talk Radio 810 WGY play an important role in allowing the Albany Medical Center to fulfill its vital missions of patient care, medical education and research,” said James J. Barba, chairman of the Board of Directors and president and chief executive officer. “Their generous support of our institution tells us that our community, individuals, corporations, foundations and government trust in our leadership role as the region’s only academic medical center.”
Dake recently pledged $1.75 million to the Neurosciences Institute at Albany Med
to establish the Phyllis E. Dake Endowed Chair in Movement Disorders and to fund a neurosciences research fellowship. Dake served on the Albany Medical Center’s Board of Directors from 1982 to 1990, and has offered financial support to a variety of programs throughout the years.
Dr. Paeglow was presented with the Dr. Alden March Award for his many years of commitment to improving the health care of those less fortunate. The honor shares the name of the founder of both the Albany Medical College (1839) and the Albany Medical Center Hospital (founded in 1849 as the Albany Hospital).
Dr. Paeglow and his wife Lilliane are the founders of the Koinonia Primary Care Clinic in Arbor Hill, providing vital free screenings, flu shot clinics and health fairs to Arbor Hill residents. A graduate of the Albany Medical College, Dr. Paeglow traveled on his first medical mission to Mozambique during his own medical education. He now invites Albany Medical College students and nurses to join him on annual medical missionary trips to numerous developing nations in Africa, where they sometimes see as many as 650 people a day at their clinics.
Comiskey, president of Kimberley’s – A Day Spa in Latham, has been a member of the Medical Center’s Foundation’s Board of Directors since 1999. She has served as co-chair of one of the area’s most popular holiday events, the annual “Dancing in the Woods” champagne ball for four years. For many years, she has dressed up in elaborate costumes on Halloween and has visited the sick and injured children at the Children’s
Hospital to distribute candy and toy gift bags. She and her staff also volunteer during the annual Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, and her staff members handle registration at Dancing in the Woods.
News Talk Radio 810 WGY has sponsored the annual Children’s Hospital Radiothon since its inception in June of 1999. The staff at WGY dedicate two full days of programming for the Radiothon, and spend numerous additional hours preparing pre-recorded stories of families whose lives have been dramatically affected by the Children’s Hospital. More than $1.2 million has been raised through the WGY Radiothon.
The event also recognized all donors who made a gift of $1,000 or more to the Medical Center last year. In 2004, more than 780 “partners” – individuals, businesses and foundations – contributed to Albany Medical Center’s Annual Fund and for capital purposes. This is the highest number of “partner” level donors since the program was created in 1994.
The mission of the Albany Medical Center Foundation is to encourage regional and national philanthropy in support of the mission and ambitions of the Albany Medical Center.