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2007-08-15 / Local News

Monaco Foundation honored for donation

Children's Miracle Network Coordinator Lisa LaTrovato, center, attended the annual golf tournament on July 28 to present the Mark A. Monaco Memorial Foundation members with a plaque of appreciation for its donations. Mr. Monaco's family, pictured left to right, are Mike Barthold, Marcy Monaco Barthold, Michelle Monaco Unger, Al and Joyce Monaco and Thomas Unger. Brandon Barthold is shown in front. Children's Miracle Network Coordinator Lisa LaTrovato, center, attended the annual golf tournament on July 28 to present the Mark A. Monaco Memorial Foundation members with a plaque of appreciation for its donations. Mr. Monaco's family, pictured left to right, are Mike Barthold, Marcy Monaco Barthold, Michelle Monaco Unger, Al and Joyce Monaco and Thomas Unger. Brandon Barthold is shown in front. The Mark A. Monaco Memorial Foundation, which recently held its annual golf tournament, was honored by the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation for its volunteer efforts.

Lisa LaTrovato, Children's Miracle Network coordinator, presented a plaque citing the hospital's appreciation to Mr. Monaco's family - Marcy and Mike Monaco, Brandon Barthold, Michelle and Thomas Unger, and Al and Joyce Monaco.

The Monaco Foundation financed the renovation of the 10th-floor parents' lounge, as well as contributing $15,000 to the hospital's neurology operating room.

In May, the Monaco Foundation was selected to receive the 2006 Foundation of the Year Award by the hospital's foundation.

Through its fundraising, the Monaco Foundation sponsors two scholarships to Maryvale High School seniors who exhibit Mr. Monaco's character, ambition and positive attitude.

This year's golf tournament was held on July 28 at Niagara County Golf Course in Lockport. More than 220 golfers and guests at- tended. Volunteers and business sponsors also helped with the success of the tournament. Funds raised will help the Monaco Foundation with additional projects.

Mr. Monaco died in 1998 in a car accident while working as a financial analyst in North Carolina. The foundation was created in 1999 in Mr. Monaco's memory.

"We strongly believe that making valuable and lasting contributions to our community, whether it's through educational, social or cultural endeavors, is the most befitting way to honor Mark and one that he would be proud of," the mission statement reads.

The foundation's Web site is www. markmonacomemorial. org.

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