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McLean Auxiliary Awards Grants

McLean Auxiliary Awards $20,000 in Grants at

Annual Annual Meeting and Strawberry Festival

Directors  from the benefitting departments accept their Grant Awards

For more than 40 years, the McLean Auxiliary has supported McLean by providing volunteer services and grants that directly benefit McLean residents, staff and visitors.

On Monday, June 2, the McLean Auxiliary awarded $20,000 at their Annual Meeting and Strawberry Festival to benefit resident life and included music and horticultural activities, a Patient Special Needs Fund, specialized equipment for patient care, and a new server for residents in the newly-renovated dining room.

“The McLean Auxiliary is integral to our mission and success and their generous charitable contributions enhance quality of life and programs for residents every day of the year,” said David Bordonaro, McLean President. “

The McLean Auxiliary also awards an annual scholarship to an employee, or a child of an employee who will be attending college in the fall to pursue a career in a health care related field.  Debbie Davis, RN, an evening supervisor at McLean, (pictured below) accepted the $1,500 scholarship from Jane Stevenson, McLean Auxiliary Board Member and Scholarship Chairman.

The 2008 scholarship recipient, James Cody of North Granby, returned to express his continued gratitude and shared that he has now just graduated from American International College with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

The McLean Auxiliary raised the majority of funds through their Gift Shop, conveniently located in the Living Room of the Health Center.  All purchases are tax-free and there is something for everyone – from cards to jewelry, scarfs, seasonal gifts, light snacks and other items of comfort and beauty. 

For more information on the McLean Auxiliary, visit their website at

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The Village at McLean celebrates their annual Pancake Breakfast

Also known as “Dorothy’s Breakfast,” volunteers serve up breakfast with a smile to over 65 hungry members

of the McLean Community  

The sizzle of griddles marked the start of the Annual Pancake Breakfast held in the Burkholder Community Center this past Thursday morning. Dorothy Ianzito, with the help of her good friend Bud Petersen, has been organizing this delicious event for McLean Village residents since 2007.

“I enjoy putting this breakfast together every year for our community, but I could not do it without the help of my good friend, Bud, and of course all of the wonderful volunteers,” said Dorothy Ianzito.

This year, with the help of 12 volunteers and wonderful kitchen staff at The Village, they served over 65 hungry patrons a traditional menu of pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit cup, orange juice, coffee and tea. In addition to cooking and serving, Dorothy’s volunteers helped with setting long family-style tables, valet parking, greeting residents as they walked in, and of course, cleaning up. 

As the enticing aroma wafted through the Burkholder Community Center, camaraderie and community were the order of the day as neighbors sat together enjoying a delicious pancake breakfast, catching up and enjoying each other’s company after a long, cold winter.

 Photo: “Dorothy’s Breakfast” organizer, Dorothy Ianzito, a resident of  The Village at McLean for 16 years, enjoys the community of people and  the supportive environment reflected by the annual morning get-  together. When asked how long it takes to organize this popular event  each year, she will tell you that she begins organizing the next pancake  breakfast almost as soon the last one ends and works diligently with all  of  her volunteers and McLean staff to make sure the event runs smoothly  year after year.  






 Photo below: Henry (Hank) and Barbara Smachetti, two of this year’s 12 volunteers serve up pancakes and bacon to over 65 residents and staff during McLean’s Annual Pancake Breakfast in the Burkholder Community Center

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Dr. Bernie Siegel presented "Healing the Heart of Caregivers" at The New McLean last Thursday to Residents, Families and Staff

Best-Selling Author Offered Inspiring Lessons for Caregiving, Healing – and Living Life to the Fullest.

Thanks to a generous gift from the McLean Auxiliary, residents, family members, and staff had the opportunity to listen and learn from best-selling author  Dr. Bernie Siegel as he presented “Healing the Heart of Caregivers” in the McLean Health Center on Thursday, May 8th.

Dr. Siegel, a graduate of Cornell University Medical College and a surgeon for many years, has traveled internationally and touched lives around the world with his inspirational and very poignant life lessons he’s gathered over the years working with his patients, their families and caregivers. 

Retired in 1989 with a passion for helping patients, their families and caregivers, Dr. Siegel understands the importance of empowering the patient. He is the author of 13 books, each one written with the sole purpose of reaching those struggling with health or life challenges.

During his time addressing the group, he encouraged the audience to “find what makes you lose track of time.” He followed the request by presenting the idea that if you love what you do, and are passionate about it, you are less aware about the time. Then, with a smirk and a nod he playfully asked the audience “How can you age if you never know what time it is?” – to which he was rewarded with smiles and laughs.

 Dr. Siegel continued by singling out the nurses in the audience with a simple request – specifically for those caring for elderly patients – “Help them live. You’re not just trying to cure their disease; you’re helping that patient have a life, so be kind and compassionate.” 

During the hour and a half session, Dr. Siegel shared stories and drawings done by former patients as a way to illustrate the importance of recognizing underlying or long-standing obstacles that can sometimes hinder treatment or cure. He balanced that message with reminding the audience of the power of the mind when it comes to healing, and the benefit of positive thinking. He ended his presentation with a few simple instructions:

  • Be your unique authentic self
  • Take care of yourself
  • Learn to laugh for no reason
  • Don’t let the kid in you die  

Valuable lessons for caregiving,healing … and living life to the fullest.

 Photo: Dr. Bernie Siegel and Lisa Clark, Vice President and Administrator of McLean Health Center

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McLEan Hospice Graduates 11 Volunteers

Eleven new volunteers have just completed over 20 hours of intense McLean Hospice Training and will join the growing team of over 50 active volunteers supporting the McLean Hospice Program.

McLean Auxiliary Brightens Up May Day

Flowers delivered to residents help celebrate the season.

  While the sun was breaking through the clouds outside, smiling faces were shining inside as McLean Auxiliary members happily filled vases and delivered flowers to over 150 residents on Thursday.

 The annual May Day Flower distribution has been spreading joy for more than a decade. The card that accompanies the flowers says “Thinking of you today and every day. From the McLean Auxiliary,” and brings smiles to not only the residents but to the volunteers as well. “It’s amazing to me that it’s the men who love getting the flowers the most, I think mainly because they’re usually the ones to give flowers, not receive them,” says auxiliary liaison and secretary Vickie Dirienzo.

Back row: Barbara Christofer, Susan Accardi, Helen Molstad, Marge Brown, Christine Gundaker.                  Front Row: Justine Coleman, Margaret Preli, Judy Goff,Gloria Harlow. Volunteers not pictured: Mavis Lenentine, Liz Hart, Deene Morris, Vickie Dirienzo


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