Syracuse businesses express appreciation for Hutching’s PC staff
By DEBORAH A. MILES
Take one dedicated union activist, a billboard campaign that gave the community a lasting impression, and you come up with an awe-inspiring story that is sure to bring some extra holiday joy to union members who work at the Richard H. Hutchings Psychiatric Center.
For the past three years, PEF Division 301 Council Leader Gina Corona and her son graciously handed-out cookies and chocolates to the Hutching’s staff who worked on Christmas. Dressed as elves, the Corona duo wanted to show her fellow PEF members the work they perform is appreciated, especially on a holiday.
“A kind gesture is a way to re-engage members, especially during a time of year when people focus on their own families,” Corona said. “This year, I wanted to make a greater impact by involving the community. My goal was to get some kind of sweet treat, and our local donut shop, Glazed and Confused, generously agreed to donate 100 donuts to our nurses and staff on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My son and I will pick them up and deliver them to the inpatient units.
“I am very excited that a business responded, and it is one that gives back to the community. It made me feel as if the PEF billboard campaign which attracted city-wide attention to our dedicated nurses at Hutchings paid off.”
WonderWorks, an indoor theme park in Syracuse, apparently took note of the Hutching’s campaign too. As a thank you to the psychiatric center’s employees for their service to the community, WonderWorks has offered free VIP admission to the staff, and up to six guests for $10 each, during October and November.