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Memorial Event Raises $20,000
Poughkeepsie - More than 220 friends and family of the late John R. Mort helped raised about $20,000 in his honor Sunday, Feb. 21 at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Mort died of cancer in November of 2009. Funds raised will be donated to Saint Francis Hospital’s Eileen M. Hickey Cancer Center for a memorial.
The benefit, organized mainly by Danielle Grosse, a niece, and Mort’s widow, Theresa, in cooperation with the Saint Francis Health Care Foundation, acknowledged his love of the outdoors and featured live music by The Differents, an extensive buffet, raffles, a Wii – “Big Game Hunter competition,” as well as silent and live auction.
In addition to raising money for Saint Francis Hospital, the benefit raised awareness of the hospital’s Cancer Center.
“It’s very important that we are involved thoroughly in serving patients, serving families, helping them take care of themselves and helping them recover in a difficult time,” said Bob Savage, hospital president & CEO, who spoke at the gathering. “This is an excellent example of a family that has had a significant loss, but has done a very good job recovering. They miss John but understand one way to remember him is by helping the hospital and its programs serve the community.”
Mort, a Poughkeepsie resident, was an IBM manager, avid outdoors man, and a member of Holy Trinity Church in Poughkeepsie. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, and a large extended family.
“My uncle was a giving, loving, loyal and really kind person who’d do anything for anyone without a question,” said Grosse.
(For more information see www.huntingforacure.info)