The prestigious Pillars of the Community Awards Gala given by the Cornerstone Family Healthcare is an annual event that raises significant funds for the healthcare program while honoring outstanding community leaders recognized as “Pillars of the Community.”

The 2018 awards honored Raena Endick Korenman with a Lifetime Achievement Pillar. A retired schoolteacher in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, she has given many hours of leadership as a “woman’s health champion.” She also is a faithful volunteer, and wore the candy striper uniform for a number of years. She and her husband, Alan, to whom she was married for 42 years, operated Medical Arts Pharmacy in Newburgh.

The Distinguished Service Pillar was awarded to Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler. He ran for the office on a platform of community service which, among many things, includes health care across Orange County, said the award selection committee in naming him. “He’s a ferocious supporter on the front lines with a commitment to providing safety and justice to the citizens of Orange County, including ending the opioid/heroin epidemic,” said Linda S. Muller, CEO of Cornerstone Family Healthcare.

Also named was Orange Regional Medical Center for improving the health of the community.

The Pillars Gala raised more than $240,000, a record amount in its 19-year history of fundraising. Proceeds will advance Cornerstone’s commitment to improving Women’s Health Services, specifically by the investment in the state-of-the-art ultrasound and mammography equipment, Miller said.

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• The Monroe-Woodbury Pine Tree Elementary School’s Patriot Club teamed with Towns 4 Troops to stuff stockings for our military. Thomas Lowe, president of Towns 4 Troops, and Bryan Giudice, principal of Pine Tree, spent the past month stuffing holiday stockings with items the troops miss from home and appreciate from the citizens of the Hudson Valley. There is nothing like a message from home when you are stationed across the seas. On Dec. 1, members of the Patriot Club, their parents and friends worked together with state-side Marines, Air Force, and National Guard service men and women in the Hudson Valley delivering stockings. Thanks to all who got involved. Your thoughtfulness was the best gift any soldier could receive.

• Kairos, A Consort of Singers, under the direction of Dr. Edward Lundergan, will present its annual service of Lessons & Carols at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Holy Cross Monastery, 615 Route 9W in West Park. The program includes seasonal works by Francis Poulene, Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, and Heinrich Isaac, German and American folk songs and a medieval motet.

The performance is held in the beautiful, intimate, and acoustically superb chapel at the Monastery. It is suggested that those attending arrive at least 20 minutes before the performance to secure seating.

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Robert and Anne Sutherland are so pleased with their daughter’s successes. Melissa Ann Sutherland has worked hard and is a professor at the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, and a Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Sutherland received a B.S. from Cornell, and a B.S. and M.S. in Nursing from Binghamton University. She earned her PhD from the University of Virginia.

Her work extends beyond the U.S. to several South American countries where she contributes to the nursing profession. As a Fulbright Fellow in Chile she spearheaded the development of a family nurse practitioner program and launched a sustainable mentoring program to increase research capacity.

Barbara Bedell’s column appears daily. Reach her at 346-3125 or by email: bbedell@th-record.com.