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September 2000

Coordinated Care’s Prime Time Awards

Coordinated Care is pleased to introduce its 2000 Prime Time Awards honorees.
These awards were created to honor Western New York citizens who exemplify successful aging.

The Prime Time Awards luncheon honoring this year’s awardees will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2000 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel from 11:45a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information please call 858-2307.

ROBERTA MARKIEWICZ is a 72 year old widow who turned a difficult time in her life into an opportunity to help others in times of need. 13 years ago, Bobbie’s husband died in a local hospital without the benefit of a chaplain. Being an active member of her church, Our Lady Help of Christians, Bobbie decided then and there that anyone requesting ministry at the time of death should be able to get it. In 1989 Bobbie began her training as a Chaplain at the St. Jude’s Center in Buffalo and in 1991 she became certified and accepted into the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Bobbie has been volunteering for Kaleida Health - Buffalo General Hospital site for thirteen years where her involvement keeps growing and growing. She facilitates the CLERGY ID program for Western New York and has developed a computerized reporting system for chaplains at the hospital. Her enthusiasm, dedication and strong commitment to the community all exemplify the qualities celebrated by the Prime Time Lifetime Achievement Award.


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LILLIAN RUSSOW exemplifies successful aging as every active 89 year old should. “Active” is a great word to describe Lillian. As a young girl, Lillian was active in basketball, the broad and high jump, racing, tennis and skiing. In July of 1929, Lillian started her first job as a secretary at the National Lead Company (currently known as Dutch Boy Paints). Throughout her 47 years there, Lillian worked her way up in the ranks to work in Accounts Receivable and Payable, General Accounting and Credit and Collections and was recognized numerous times for her dedication and commitment to her work. In 1979, Lillian retired although she didn’t really want to. A mandatory retirement age forced her out, so she needed to find a way to keep herself active. Lillian soon began volunteering at the American Lung Association. They eventually hired her as a part time employee and Lillian was very thankful to get a paycheck once again! Currently you can find Lillian volunteering at Children’s Hospital and Coordinated Care where her dedication rivals that of any exceptional employee! She is actively involved and concerned with the urban renewal of Downtown and the location dispute of Children’s Hospital. We are pleased to honor Lillian Russow with the Prime Time Lifetime Achievement Award.


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RICHARD PERRY understands the importance of education in our community. In fact, he has dedicated his life to creating opportunities for the children of Tonawanda to flourish and grow into well rounded adults. Starting as a social studies and English teacher, Richard then moved on to be a guidance counselor and high school principal and superintendent of schools in Tonawanda. He served on the Tonawanda Board of Education, the Kiwanis Scholarship Committee, the Salvation Army Advisory Board and is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church where he has served as a Sunday School teacher, an elder, an usher, and a deacon. In accordance with his support of community education, Richard has produced a very well educated family. His children have graduated from Harvard, Cornell, and Buffalo State College, and he and his wife, Elizabeth, have financially supported college level education for six grandchildren. The importance of education is second only to the importance of family for Richard Perry. For the past ten years he has been the primary caregiver for his wife who has Alzheimer’s Disease. He recently had to make the heart breaking decision to place her in a skilled nursing facility where he visits her every day, sometimes more than once. Richard’s family has labeled him “the glue that holds us together.” We are thankful for Richard’s nomination, which came to us from his daughter, and we are proud to recognize him, and his family, for the Prime Time Lifetime Achievement Award.


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PAUL SUCHMAN has been teaching ballroom dance in the Buffalo area for 45 years and is enjoying the swing resurgence that is putting his lessons in high demand. Paul currently gives lessons at the Amherst Middle School, the Jewish Center of Buffalo, Erie Community College, Clarence Middle School Adult Education and Lockport Senior Citizens. One of Paul’s recent gigs, leading swing dancing after the Pops concerts given by the Buffalo Philharmonic, caused such a stir that Doc Severenson asked to meet him and proclaimed that this “old guy” was putting all the young people to shame with his stellar dance moves! While Paul is passionate about dance, he realizes that life is not always a jitterbug! As a member of the 222nd Rainbow Division, Paul helped to liberate the Daucha Concentration Camp, an experience which fostered a life-long quest to help others in need. He has been an active volunteer in our community supporting such agencies as Meals on Wheels, Children’s Hospital, Cradle Beach Camp and AIDS Community Services. Buffalo is lucky to have Paul Suchman, an inspiration in successful aging.


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Ralph Loew Humanitarian Award

JOHN J. RIGAS is not only a pioneer in the field of cable television, he is also known far and wide for his support of community and charitable causes. This spirit of giving extends beyond Mr. Rigas to his thriving telecommunications company, Adelphia Communications Corporation, as well as to his 15,000 employees nationwide.  Locally, he is owner of the Buffalo Sabres Hockey Club, serving on the club’s executive committee and as chairman of its board of directors.  A native of Wellsville, N.Y., he is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York with a bachelor’s degree in management engineering. Mr. Rigas also has been presented with honorary degrees by three universities and has garnered numerous civic and industry awards.  Deeply committed to his community, Mr. Rigas serves on the board of directors for several local organizations.  As the head of a cable television operation serving 5.6 million customers in more than 30 states, Mr. Rigas inspires his employees to become involved in community activities. He leads by example, through both his personal involvement in charitable organizations and Adelphia’s generous support of community causes.

JOHN J. Rigas


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Burt Flickinger Caregiver Award

BESSIE ANDERSON has found her “niche” in life. It might sound too simple to be true, but Bessie lives her life by the motto, “Putting One’s Love Into Action.” She sees a world with many people having different needs and she finds a way to help. Bessie is a vital, energetic and smart 73 year old who takes care of her two sisters (80 and 83 years of age) and her brother (77) who is a diabetic. She does their shopping, pays their bills, takes them to the doctor, monitors their medication and makes sure they feel content and loved. She also cared for an elderly neighbor, Alberta Skinner, for over twenty years before she died. Bessie provides care and assistance for many elderly members of her church, the Friendship Baptist Church, and visits elderly shut-ins who are unable to attend church. It is not simply the elderly that benefit from Bessie’s dedication and care. She also cares for a young woman, Mary Murray, who is mentally disabled and monitors her experience in a group home. Bessie also serves as a youth advisor at her church where she works counseling pregnant teens, sings in the choir and serves as Treasurer on various church committees. Bessie is actively involved in “FLAIR,” a program for the Fillmore-Leroy district and the Neighborhood Watch Association. She is an effective communicator, a very hard worker, an extremely loyal and dedicated woman and her lifelong dedication to helping others is certainly worthy of celebration. It is with great joy that we present the Burt Flickinger Caregiver Award to Bessie Anderson.



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