Foundation Recognizes Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s “Angels”

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November 21, 2011

During its annual Tribute to Angels event, held on November 18, the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Foundation recognized several individuals whose dedication to the hospital and the community has been extraordinary. This year’s honorees included Ralph J. Vanner, Sr., George Carncross, and Most Reverend Bishop Edward U. Kmiec.

Board members, hospital associates and others enjoyed an evening of fine wine, cuisine, silent and live auctions and fellowship as they paid tribute to these dedicated individuals at the annual fundraiser held at Buffalo/Niagara Marriott Hotel.

The Sister Mary Mechtilde Memorial Award was awarded to Vanner, a longtime member of the Kenmore Mercy Foundation Board of Trustees and Carncross, a devoted volunteer and founder of the Guardian Angels Volunteer Program at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

This prestigious award, established in 1980 by the Kenmore Mercy Foundation, recognizes outstanding individuals who have demonstrated a dedication to community service, visionary leadership and the ideals of unselfish service towards others. These qualities were exemplified by Sister Mary Mechtilde O'Connor, RSM, foundress and first administrator of Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Bishop Kmiec received the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005, he received the Sister Mary Mechtilde Memorial Award. This has been a very special year for Bishop Kmiec; it marks his 29th year as a bishop, his 50th year in the priesthood and his 75th birthday took place in June! The Kenmore Mercy Foundation is honored to add the Lifetime Achievement Award to his year of milestones.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was created to honor an individual who has been active and supportive of the Foundation, for many years. The presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award is a fitting tribute to individuals whose years of unwavering spirit and determination have benefited our hospital and our community.

The Kenmore Mercy Foundation raises money through special events and annual fund campaigns to provide Kenmore Mercy Hospital and its associates with programs such as Staff Education Grants, Department Mini-Grants, as well as Capital Equipment Grants. For more information about the Kenmore Mercy Foundation, please visit

Most Reverend Bishop Edward U. Kmiec with Tribute to Angels co-chairs Maureen Winnert, Co-Chair and Jim Rykowski.

Most Reverend Bishop Edward U. Kmiec with Tribute to Angels co-chairs Maureen Winnert, Co-Chair and Jim Rykowski.