More than 200 AtlantiCare volunteers were honored for their dedication and service during the annual AtlantiCare Volunteer Appreciation Reception and Dinner at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City on April 25.
The volunteers are instrumental in the overall success of the health organization, said Maureen Hope, AtlantiCare's volunteer supervisor. These men and women serve in a wide variety of roles, from assisting with clerical work and visiting with hospice patients to organizing fundraisers and knitting patients' blankets, to name a few of their tasks.
"If you just stand in this room, you will feel the love, because you are surrounded by a group of wonderfully giving people," Hope said.
Ocean City resident and AtlantiCare volunteer Janice Sollazzo spends time visiting with hospice patients.
"There was an older couple I had visited with not too long ago. The husband was in hospice and the wife was his main caregiver, so whenever the wife just needed a little time to go shopping or whatever, I would step in and spend time with him," Sollazzo said. We'd just sit together. Once it was spring and summer, we'd go sit outside. We both really enjoyed it."
Hope said AtlantiCare volunteers have also raised funds to put crayons and coloring books in the hospital waiting rooms for visiting children, put TVs in dialysis and put rocking chairs in the pediatric unit.
"There are so many wonderful things our volunteers do," she said. "I can go on and on and on."
Egg Harbor City resident Clare Schroer, who has been a volunteer member of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's Mainland Auxiliary since 1974, said volunteering is a rewarding experience,
"I get as much out of it as I think I give to other people," Schroer said.
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Those honored in the annual AtlantiCare Volunteer Appreciation Reception and Dinner included: Maria Carreno, William Clark, Johanne Coleman, Patrick Eigbe, Marie Jerdan, Elizabeth Madrigal, Sonny Jr. Magalong, Sonny Magalong, Dora Maurer, Nancy Messina, Mitixaben Patel, Sandra Regenye, Helen Riso, Lynette Robinson, Lynette Robinson, Georgia Rudisill, Ian Townsend, Sherry Townsend, Kathie Walls and Frances Weir, all of Absecon; Charlotte MacNeice, Adrienne Murphy-Stout and Margaret Schroer, all of Cologne; Maureen Senese, Rita Triola and Kristina Wolf, all of Egg Harbor; Helen Barone, Betty Evangelist, Joann Gabriel, Yvonne Geisenhoffer, Marion Heitz, Joanne Imperatore, Beatrice Leek, Nancy Loveland, Susan Lugerner, Lois Mullineaux, Kathy & Missy Rawa, Dolores Roesch, Judy Schairer, Louise Schieder, Clare Schroer and Pauline Stuckel, all of Egg Harbor City; Bridget Pyshnik, Jessica Apel, Anne Apgar, Momina Ayub, Zahara Ayub, Leah Bartel, Melissa Blevin, Cheryl Bremer, Robert Bremer, Kelly Bruce, Kathleen Cantwell, Ray Coleman, Dot Coulter, Barbie Jo Crema, Marielle Daclan, Lucila deGuzman, Charmaine della Neve, Anthony della Neve, Marilyn Deneka, Emily DeNoble, Ralph DeSimone, Fanny Dominguez, Sheila Dupuy, Cyril Ebosie, Rose Falcone, Jerry Feehan, Claire Fox-Subin, Ilene Gruberger, Lorraine Hamid, Stacey Hamilton, Leann Hemmelstein, Adrianna Hill, Rosemary Hughes, Andrea Johnson, Patricia Korman, Claire Lodovico, Joseph Maher, Marlene Melendez, Carolyn Messina, Amelia Mintz, Marilyn Moore, Joanne Moose, James Norton, Gail Norton, Joan Ritterson, Stephen Santiago, Howard Schapker, Mary Schapker, Debbie Schlatter, Barry Scoloff, John Smith, Dale Smith, Kathy Steinman, Gail Stokley, Bill Stokley, Olivia Tarver, Judy Transue, David Weber, AnnaMae Werner, Deacon Rich Wigglesworth, Fran Wise and Donna Zeller, all of Galloway Township; Joseph Brown, Mabel Craft and Claire Pappas, all of Pomona; Marie Cronauer, Ruth Harris, Dolores Jakubowski and Andrea Neiderhofer, all of Smithville; Pappas Carmella, Gregory DeFelice, Margaret DeFelice and Barbara Giovannielli, all of Port Republic.