By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin
Many Clevelanders celebrated St. Patrick’s Day a wee bit early this year. “Top o’ the Towers,” the annual benefit for the St. Augustine Health Campus on March 4, was a grand night of Irish music, food and fun, all for a very worthwhile cause.
Patrick Gareau, president for health and human services for Catholic Charities, event chairperson Carol Rini, and honorary co-chairs Maddy and Dan Coughlin welcomed more than 500 green-clad guests to the festivities at LaCentre. Partygoers browsed an extensive silent auction, enjoyed a buffet dinner of corned beef and salmon, and listened to Irish and Celtic songs by The New Barleycorn.
A fabulous live auction included trips to County Mayo, Ireland, Tuscany and Hawaii, limousine transportation and dinner for eight at O’Malley’s Rockliffe in Rocky River, and tickets to the Ohio State versus Penn State football game.
Patrick Gareau said, although St. Augustine serves people from all walks of life, proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to assist the chronically ill and aging. “Due to cuts in Medicaid in the last state budget, funding for items such as wheelchairs, oxygen and therapies has impacted the lives of many,” he noted. “Many find themselves with limited financial resources because of a chronic illness or because they have depleted their resources. Some are alone without the support of a family, and others have nowhere else to go.” Many guests at the fund raiser pledged money towards the purchase of specialized wheelchairs for the health facility.
The St. Augustine Health Campus has been serving the community for 41 years.