Foundation’s Winning Raffle Ticket Linked to Founding Father

Foundation’s Winning Raffle Ticket Linked to Founding Father

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Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation

Westfield, NY – Friday the 13th turned out to be a lucky day for Westfield Memorial Hospital (WMH), for the WMH Foundation, and the grand prize winner of its 26th Annual Golf Tournament Raffle.
Peggy Beckman of Westfield was thrilled to learn the news that she is now the owner of a brand new Weber Gas Grill (compliments of Add Lumber.) “It’s the most beautiful thing I have ever seen,” gushed nonagenarian Beckman, when she saw her prize in the hospital lobby.
It’s interesting to note the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation (WMHF) was incorporated under its original name of Chautauqua Health Care Foundation, exactly 40 years ago on the same date as the 2018 golf tournament on Friday, July 13 — the same day 40 years ago when the grand prize winner’s late husband, Seymour A. Beckman, formed and signed the Certificate of Incorporation for the Foundation, which was later renamed the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation. Also signing the certificate that day were Robert K. Allen, William A. Baker, Roger E. Hammer, Esq. and R. Bard Schaack, Esq., all of Westfield; Francis C. Knight of Ripley, Robert B. Osburn of Chautauqua and Robert P. Schmidt of Mayville.
Now retired, Peggy, a former Phys Ed teacher who recently attended her 70th SUNY Cortland College Alumni Reunion, enjoys spending time reading, walking and biking with family and friends. She is certain her four sons and their families will also enjoy her prize from the hospital foundation’s golf tournament during the summer months.
The WMHF Golf Tournament, perhaps the biggest annual event for the hospital, is traditionally held on the second Friday in July. The event was started 26 years ago by the then-finance director of the hospital and was coordinated by hospital personnel. In 2006, the foundation, with the assistance of WMH Associates and key volunteers, became responsible for continuing it. Golfers who look forward to it each year say that it’s the best one in the county. Over the last several years, proceeds from this event have realized more than $40,000 per year for the foundation’s mission – most recently funds have been raised in support of the Annual/ RED (Renovate our Emergency Department) $650,000 Campaign.

WMH Foundation President Kathryn Bronstein, PhD, RN, remarked: “How serendipitous that Peggy would be holding the winning raffle ticket 40 years to the day that her husband, Seymour would be holding the papers to help form our treasured community hospital’s invaluable foundation.”

“We remain indebted and incredibly grateful to all those who support our community hospital and its foundation – especially during our 40th anniversary year,” remarked WMH Foundation Executive Director Patricia Gaughan DiPalma.

For more information on how to support our community hospital, call Patty at 716-793-2338, email:, or visit:

The Westfield Memorial Hospital ED provides care to approximately 8,000 patients every year. In addition to emergency care, the hospital provides an array of services, including ambulatory and short stay surgery, outpatient diagnostic services, imaging, women’s diagnostic services with digital mammography, laboratory, diabetes education, nuclear stress testing, wound and infusion clinics, inpatient care, laser eye surgery, a sleep lab, and a specialty services suite that includes general surgery, orthopedics, cardiology and diversified hearing services. WMH also provides primary care services at both WMH and at the Chautauqua Institution.

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