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Community Comes to Paula Cloutier's Aid in Her Courageous Battle with Diabetes

A Tarrytown resident and double amputee, Cloutier was caught by surprise when given a gift of a motorized wheelchair at a DoubleTree Hotel luncheon on Sept. 8; a dinner and auction in her honor is planned for Sept. 13.

Tarrytown resident Paula Cloutier, a nurse for 29 years, was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in 1996–the disease would eventually cost her both her legs.

She was surprised on Sept. 8 at a luncheon held in her honor at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown by the gift of a motorized wheelchair. She had invited to the meeting as a speaker. The chair and a car lift for it were donated by White Plains attorney Warren Roth. The chair had been used sparingly by his father, Harold Roth, a former Town of Greenburgh police surgeon and retired Army brigadier general, who died three years ago. 

Cloutier was escorted to the meeting by Keith Lasaponaro, her fiancé of 14 years.

A dinner and auction in her honor called "Help a Neighbor Regain Her Independence" is scheduled for the DoubleTree Hotel on Sept. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. The festivities will include a silent auction and raffles. Food including beverages will cost $25 per person with an advance reservation or $30 at the door and all proceeds will go to help Cloutier continue her battle with diabetes and to build a permanent ramp to her doorstep.

Dinner for the Sept. 13 attendees was contributed by the DoubleTree Hotel which, its General Manager Rich Friedman said, is also providing a raffle prize–a weekend trip to the Bahamas (airfare not included).

Planning and arrangements for The Sept. 13 dinner are being handled by the rotary clubs of Elmsford, Tarrytown and Ossining, and North American Refinery in Tarrytown with support from the Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown and Ossining chambers of commerce and The Hudson Independent.

For more information about the dinner, contact Matthew Gullotta of North American Refinery at 914-525-0744.

Donnahenry10 September 10, 2011 at 11:37 AM
We still need to feed our family healthy, well-balanced meals while keeping to a set budget. Change is the hardest thing and trying to do everything at once will have most people quitting before they even begin. You can get samples from sites like Get Samples 123 where you can find all samples
Matthew Gullotta September 12, 2011 at 03:07 AM
Growing up in Sleepy and Tarrytown makes it extra special to see how two great organizations can have long reaching impacts. Roatry of Elmford, Tarrytown and Chambers of Ossining and Tarrytown Show how service above self can change a negative to a positive, spread good will, and build friendships and community support when needed. What a great day for these Towns and villages!!!!!!!! Special thanks to Rich Friedman, Warren Roth, Kevin Morgan, John Mcfadden, Marget Black, Tom Basher, Gale marchicca, Wife Cinthia Gullotta, and the awesome public support from the local residents and neighboring towns. God Bless to All!!!!!!!

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