Good Sam Lights Up for Christmas

BY NICHOLAS KODA

Prize winners with Dr. Dennis Mao, who was also one of the judges of the competition and a Emergency Room physician at the hospital
Prize winners with Dr. Dennis Mao, who was also one of the judges of the competition and a Emergency Room physician at the hospital

The Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY kicked off the holiday cheer with their annual Tree lighting celebration last Wednesday. This is the fourth year the event has been held and also the fourth year Tuxedo Park School Glee and Gleeful performed at the event, led by teacher Mena Albert.

Hospital administrators highlighted the expansion of the Pediatric Emergency Treatment area, which has grown from 19 to 32 rooms. To honor the new pediatric emergency department spaces, The Good Samaritan Foundation held an art competition for the students at Tuxedo Park School. Naturally the theme for the artwork was “good Samaritans.”

According to their campaign director, Amanda Levin, there were more than 50 students who entered the competition where second graders Brandon Murphy and Jonathon Stone and fifth graders Katherine Parry, Rachel Griegel, and Rebecca Weinstein won. As a prize, their work will hang on the walls of the new emergency department spaces once they open. The artwork was judged by five panel members, “We wanted diversity on the panel,” Levin explained, as the panel consisted of two TPS representatives, two physicians from the hospital, and one member from Ambulance Care.

Tuxedo Park School choir and their teacher Mena Albert
Tuxedo Park School choir and their teacher Mena Albert

Local member of the community Eric Honor thought, “the event was great” as it was his third year attending. To top the night off Mrs. Green’s Natural Market donated bagged goods for the attendees at the celebration.

Head of Guest Services at the hospital Penny Mann explained that there will be a number of carolers from different schools coming to the hospital throughout the holidays. For another chance to see the Glee and Gleeful choirs, Mrs. Albert will be leading them again at Tuxedo Park school’s winter concert on December 19 at 6:30 p.m.