River Hospital receives gift from Westelcom

by Wayne Strauss, Contributing Writer – Thousand Islands Sun

 Alexandria Bay – On March 29, River Hospital’s Hope+Healing Campaign received a gift of $15,000 from internet services provider Westelcom.  Paul Barton, Westelcom’s president and general manager, presented the gift to Stephanie Weiss, River Hospital’s executive director of development, and Brad Frey, director of the hospital’s River Community Wellness Program. Westelcom will name a new therapy room when the Community Wellness Program assumes its new location at the hospital later this year. “The people of Westelcom believe in supporting our community,” Mr. Barton observes. “The hospital’s Community Wellness Program offers unique and vital programs for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as, child and adolescent behavioral health services.” Committing  to the gift in 2018, Westelcom sponsored “Kickin’ IT for a Cause” kickball tournament held in Clayton last September to help raise funds. Twenty teams, each consisting of seven to ten members, donated a minimum of $200 per team to enter. Costumes were encouraged at the event, and three participating teams received special awards for fundraising, team branding and family fun. Of special note was the appearance of “Captain  America” when the tournament opened with singing of the National Anthem.Our  community turned out in force to support Kickin’  IT for a Cause,” recalls  Mr. Barton.  The event raised over half of Westelcom’s hospital donation.  The 2nd Annual “Kickin’ IT for a Cause” Kickball Tourney is slated for September 14th at Cerow Recreation Park, Clayton.  Photos, videos and drone footage from the 2018 “Kickin’ IT for a Cause” kickball tournament is available here . For further information about this year’s event contact Jill Van Hoesen at 315-755-3929 or jvanhoesen@westelcom.net.