As part of St. George’s Society’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our beneficiaries, last month we were pleased to offer two social activities for our seniors in partnership with The Choral Society of Grace Church in New York and Nord Anglia International School. The Society’s CEO and Beneficiary Committee Chair also visited St. Luke’s Hospital (now Mount Sinai St. Luke’s) with whom the Society has had a special relationship for over 150 years.
The Choral Society of Grace Church Concert
On 14 May, a group of our Manhattan-based beneficiaries attended a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah by The Choral Society of Grace Church in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The complimentary tickets for the event were kindly arranged by Director of The Choral Society (John Maclay) and St. George’s Society member Nicole Belmont, who sings with the chorus. A fantastic time was had by all who attended.
Concert-goer Anthony noted that the guests’ contentment was “reflected in the conversational buzz and many happy faces gathered outside on the sidewalk afterwards.”
The group then continued their time together with a trip to the Ukrainian National Home, a local East Village institution, for a traditional meal of hoagies & sauerkraut to conclude their day.
St. Luke’s Hospital Visit
On 18 May, Beneficiary Committee Chair Missi Gibbs was accompanied by St. George’s Society’s CEO Karen Karpowich and Manton Social Worker Mary Lamasney on a visit to St. Luke’s Hospital (now Mount Sinai St. Luke’s). The Society has had a special relationship with the hospital for over 150 years, having donated to St. Luke’s a plot of land at the corner of 54th Street and Fifth Avenue upon which they built their first hospital. In exchange for the land, St. George’s received the right to put its sick beneficiaries into as many as many as twenty beds per day at St. Luke’s. Whilst at the hospital, the trio visited a commemorative plaque which celebrates the association between the hospital and St. George’s Society of New York.
Spring Concert and Afternoon Tea
On the 26 May, Nord Anglia International School hosted a group of our beneficiaries for an afternoon of entertainment. Traditional afternoon tea was served to the seniors by middle-school pupils who delighted visitors with table service of sandwiches and scones. Guests were then treated to a musical show including songs from Bugsy Malone, a piano duet and an animated drumming performance.
The event was made possible by a grant from the Inez Branca Family Foundation that was arranged by Beneficiary Committee member Moya Keys (pictured right talking with beneficiaries).
These activities are the part of our commitment to further encourage social interaction and enhance quality of life. Such events offer our beneficiaries, particularly those who are frailer, a chance to socialize and interact with their peers and to connect through shared experiences.
Through its Beneficiary Program, St. George’s Society assists over 100 beneficiaries each year, with almost 90% of the Society’s charitable budget spent directly on offering life-changing support to eldery and disabled people in the tristate area. Our assistance enables seniors to make ends meet, pay rent, buy medication, afford public transportation and generally enhances their quality of life. The financial assistance we provide is supplemented by much-needed emotional support from our social workers, Mary Lamasney, LMSW and Julie Rosenberg, LMSW.