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Dialysis Unit Receives $5,000 Gift

New Britain [November 10 2006] - The Dialysis Unit at The Hospital of Central Connecticut has received $5,000 from a Berlin charity.
Robert (Bob) Mayer, Berlin resident and tournament coordinator, and a committee including Michael Mayer, Willie McCormack, Jeff Hebert, John Scalise, and Tom Scalise organized the 20th annual Scalise-Mayer Memorial Golf Tournament, which was created in honor of William Scalise and William Mayer. The tournament was organized in memory of these two outstanding Berlin civic leaders who died prematurely.
Bob Mayer presented the $5,000 check to Marie Gustin, chairman of the hospital’s board on October 16 at the hospital’s Chairman’s Dinner.
Since 2002, the tournament has given a total of $26,800 (including their recent gift) to the Hospital’s Dialysis Unit at the New Britain General campus. The other beneficiaries of the tournament are The Berlin VFW, a scholarship in the name of William B. Scalise, and one in the name of William and Shirley Mayer.
“We appreciate the great generosity of everyone involved with the tournament,” said Dr. Robert A. Lapkin, chief of nephrology and the dialysis unit at the Hospital’s New Britain campus. “The funds are specifically targeted to improve patient comfort during the process of dialysis,” which, he noted is necessary three times per week, for an average of three-and-a-half hours per session. Recent purchases have included a blanket warmer and DVD players so patients can watch movies during the lengthy treatments. (Dialysis is the process of removing impurities or wastes from the blood when the kidneys are not functioning properly or have failed.) In addition, funds are used for an annual holiday party for the patients and an education programs.
David Obedzinski, chief development officer, thanked the tournament officials and volunteers for their gift, calling the tournament “a labor of love.”

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