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People News, May 18

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announced that John Cardalena and Ann Amato were recognized as volunteers of the year at its 31st Volunteer Appreciation Awards Banquet held last month at the Spartan Manor, New Port Richey. Amato started volunteering in June 1985 and has 8,510 hours. She greets patients, their families and guests, staff and fellow volunteers at Welcome Center A. Cardalena, known as the chairperson of the ER Unit for his outgoing personality, started volunteering in October 2005 and has more than 13,262 hours. Services he provides include assisting hospital staff, making rooms ready for new patients and training and assisting all new volunteers in the emergency room. He also serves as president of the Suncoast Health and Education Foundation. The nonprofit foundation is responsible for the Tree of Life in the hospitalís main lobby and giving continuing education scholarships to employees and volunteers. Members of Bay Area Bassmasters donated $2,534 to Gulfside Regional Hospice with proceeds from the 2012 Ina Mahoney Hospice Challenge. During the clubís season, each angle donates $1 per pound for each fish that is caught in honor of Ina Mahoney. Mahoney received care as patient of Gulfside while battling colon until she passed away on Oct. 23, 2009.
Tom Mahoney, Inaís husband, is president of the Bay Area Bassmasters Club, which has raised more than $9,000 for Gulfside since the challenge began in 2010.

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