Above: St. Luke’s The Winged Ox Performers presents a check to support UPMC Chautauqua WCA palliative care. From left are Megan D’Angelo, UPMC Chautauqua WCA director of development; Peter Stark, WCA Foundation first-vice president; The Reverend Luke Foder, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; Marge Fiore, The Winged Ox Players director and Barbara Jackson, WCA senior RN nursing palliative care.
The Winged Ox Players ministry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church recently utilized the abundance of artistic talent within the parish and the community and presented “The Death and Life of Everyman: A Comedy.” They perform plays that deliver a thought-provoking spiritual message and raise funds to support the topic addressed.
This year, The Winged Ox Players decided to raise funds for WCA Foundation’s Carol D. Evans Memorial Fund, which is an endowment fund dedicated to palliative care. The fund was created to enhance palliative care given to patients of UPMC Chautauqua WCA as a result of the care given to her at the end of her life. This is a poignant way for Carol to be remembered perpetually since she and her family have been generous supporters of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA and WCA Foundation with their leadership, volunteer time and personal support. She was also an active member of St. Luke’s Church in her lifetime.
“The Death and Life of Everyman: A Comedy” is a contemporary interpretation of the allegorical story of a man who learns he must prepare to meet his Maker at the end of the evening’s one-hour performance, and then does! As the play progresses and his doom approaches, Everyman discovers that family, friends and fortune cannot accompany him, and that even strength, beauty, intellect and emotion are no match for the Grim Reaper, yet faith, hope and charity prevail.”
Year after year, WCA Foundation supports this community’s outstanding UPMC Chautauqua WCA with grants generated from its donor directed Designated Funds and the more general Unrestricted Funds. Grants in 2015 totaling $478,711 have been committed to the hospital, which is income generated by the investment of the more than $13,5000 portfolio of WCA Foundation. Other gifts, known as pass-through funds, have been received from donors for immediate use by UPMC Chautauqua WCA.