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Members of The Edward Smith Mineola Lion’s Club recently visited the Diabetes Education Center at Winthrop to bestow two generous donations totaling $12,000. Pictured (l.-r.) are the Honorable Richard J. Nicollelo, Nassau County Legislature; Steve Ford, Willis Hobbies; Christopher R. Lopey, Physical Solutions; Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, Director of Winthrop’s Diabetes Education Center; Lawrence Blessinger, All Island Transportation; Richard Volpe, Van Buren Buick-Pontiac-GMC; Patrick Hayes, EVO Merchant Services; David Tanner, Liberty Capital Services; Brian Saloy, William Soloy, Inc.; Peter Gold, Longwood Associates; Howard Gross, Mineola Florist; and John P. Broder, Vice President, External Affairs & Development at Winthrop.
Mineola, NY – Members of the Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club recently gathered in support of the Diabetes Education Center at Winthrop-University Hospital to present two charitable donations totaling $12,000. A pledge payment in the amount of $10,000 was directed to Winthrop’s Pre-Diabetes Intervention Program – a unique program designed to promote lifestyle changes among those with pre-diabetes and stem the rise in type 2 diabetes; a separate $2,000 donation will support the Center’s Kids Interested in Diabetes (KIDS) Program – an interactive educational program designed to teach children ages seven to 12 about diabetes through games and activities.

The Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club is an ardent supporter of efforts that help prevent and treat diabetes and the devastating side effects such as blindness. Over the years, the Mineola Lions Club has been committed in its support of the Diabetes Education Center through numerous donations including a $100,000 pledge in 2007 which enabled the creation of the innovative Pre-Diabetes Program at Winthrop.

“On behalf of the Diabetes Education Center at Winthrop, we are deeply appreciative of the Mineola Lions support of our comprehensive diabetes education and support programs,” said Virginia Peragallo-Dittko, RN, BC-ADM, MA, CDE, Director of the Diabetes Education Center at Winthrop. “The Lions Club members have been friends of our program for many years and their commitment to combating diabetes and its effects has been instrumental in our success in delivering quality, world-class programming to the community.”

Currently celebrating its 30th year of service to the community, the Diabetes Education Center recently received its forth consecutive reaccredidation from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The Diabetes Education Center was the first nationally accredited outpatient education program in New York State in 1987, and it continues to provide superior educational and community outreach programs to adults and children living with and managing diabetes.

For more information on the Diabetes Education Center at Winthrop-University Hospital and its comprehensive programs, please call (516) 663-2350.

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