Artistic Engagement Found To Ease Stress
COOPERSTOWN – The more than 300 guests attending the Friends of Bassett’s third annual Valentine’s Soirée Feb. 9 at The Otesaga raised $170,000 for the hospital’s Arts in Healthcare program, the Friends announced today.
Arts In Healthcare aims to reduce stress and promote healing among patients, their families and providers through artistic engagement.
Flis and Andy Blum of Cooperstown were recognized for their commitment to Bassett Medical Center and the arts.
As a nod to the Arts in Health Care program, the evening included special components of the program. Cupid’s Craft Corner offered guests a unique opportunity to make Valentine’s cards for patients. Musical acts, Joe Siracusa’s Trio, Glimmerglass Festival’s Young Artists and the Edgewater duo of Emily DeSantis and Toby Wilcox, offered a taste of the entertainment they currently provide on Bassett’s campus through the program.
The 2019 soirée committee was led by co-chairs Rachel Damroth and Betsy Jay and included members Angie Eichler, Marilyn Garman, Cara Gennario, Wendy Kiuber, Jen Kubis, Robin Lopez, Erika Prouty, Rachael Shaughnessy, Gayle Smith, Jean Stabinski and Ronette Wiley.