By ANN RASCATI
When Hannah More, writer, teacher and philanthropist of the 18th and 19th centuries, first wrote "the heart that gives, gathers," she might have had people like this year's American Cancer Society Compass of Hope Gala honorees in mind.
The society will host its 10th annual gala at the Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville on Saturday, September 10, to honor two special members of the Cape Cod community: Patricia Golemme and Dr. Cormac Coyle.
On behalf of the Compass of Hope Gala committee, tri-chairman Alice O'Neill had high words of praise for this year's honorees. "There's no greater joy than giving to others, and this year's honorees exemplify all the finest qualities one could ask for from volunteers and professionals," she said.
Speaking of the community honoree, Patricia Golemme, Ms. O'Neill said "there isn't a person more deserving of accolades for her service to the American Cancer Society than Pat Golemme." For more than 20 years, Ms. Golemme has dedicated herself to the society's goals of saving lives and eliminating the suffering caused by cancer, according to Ms. O'Neill. She has been tireless in her devotion to cancer patients and the litany of services she has rendered them stretches from Cape Cod to Hawaii.
While most volunteers are comfortable working within a certain geographic area, Ms. Golemme takes her responsibilities with her wherever she goes. From her home in Pocasset and elsewhere in her travels, she coordinates the Road to Recovery program year-round which provides transportation for cancer patients to their treatment.
Though she oversees the efforts of a group of drivers for this purpose, oftentimes Ms. Golemme herself will drive patients to Boston or Providence for treatment.
Other accomplishments for Ms. Golemme include serving on the board of directors for the Cape Cod Chapter of the American Cancer Society; serving as past chairman of the Sails of Hope Gala, which raises thousands of dollars for cancer research; and volunteering for the Relay for Life and other American Cancer Society sponsored events. She has been a supporter of, and donor to, Hope Lodge in Boston, a facility that provides lodging for patients and their caregivers who are undergoing medical care at the various hospitals in Boston.
A highlight of this year's live auction will be Ms. Golemme's generous donation of a one week stay at her condominium in Hawaii. The gala's success each year is due in large part to Timothy Fullum and Ms. Golemme, who as a couple have been platinum sponsors of the event from its inception.
"Pat and Tim have always taken quiet pleasure in sharing their time and treasure, and the Compass of Hope Gala has been a grateful recipient of their largesse," said Ms. O'Neill. "We are forever in their debt."
Dr. Coyle will be honored at the Compass of Hope Gala for his contribution to the medical community on Cape Cod. Originally from Ireland, Dr. Coyle founded Emerald Physicians in 1997. Less than 15 years later, he oversees nine locations across Cape Cod. Under Dr. Coyle's leadership as its medical director, Emerald Physicians is committed to ensuring quality, compassionate and professional care to the patients it serves.
Dr. Coyle's philosophy, that all patients deserve access to quality and timely medical care, has earned him the respect of his fellow colleagues, his staff and over 30,000 patients throughout Cape Cod, according to Ms. O'Neill. Underlying this philosophy is the credo expressed by Margaret Mead and set forth on the Emerald Physicians' website, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
True to that belief, Dr. Coyle has built an organization at Emerald for which volunteerism and charitable giving are central. For the last several years they have put together a team for the Dennis-Yarmouth Relay for Life which raises valuable dollars for cancer awareness. Also each year Emerald Physicians takes part in the Salvation Army's Dress A Live Doll program which helps to insure that needy children throughout the Cape and islands enjoy a special holiday season.
"Dr. Coyle's commitment to his profession and to improving the lot of others has made a difference in the lives of so very many people", says Ms. O'Neill. "We are thrilled beyond measure to honor him at our Gala."
Tickets are still available for this event by contacting Regina Patterson at the American Cancer Society, 5 Manley Street, West Bridgewater, MA 02379; or at 508-897-4342. In the event you are unable to attend, but would like to contribute in honor of either honoree, your donation would be appreciated by the Compass of Hope committee.
Ann Rascati can be reached daily at Kindreds Antiques and Folk Art, 845 Main Street, Osterville, 508-420-7390 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org