2007-12-28 / News

Islander honored for philanthropy

Joseph DiStefano, right, here with Rev. Thomas Tobin, Bishop of the Diocese of Providence, recently accepted an award from St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island. Joseph DiStefano, right, here with Rev. Thomas Tobin, Bishop of the Diocese of Providence, recently accepted an award from St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island. Jamestown resident Joseph R. DiStefano was recently honored by St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island (SJHSRI) as its 2008 Partner in Philanthropy.

A partner with the law firm Adler, Pollock & Sheehan, DiStefano has been a member of the St. Joseph Health Services board of trustees since 1985. During that time, he has been actively involved in helping to guide the Catholic health system into a comprehensive community hospital provider.

According to SJHSRI, DiStefano has chaired multiple board committees and has served on numerous ad hoc and special task forces, including a board helping to establish the hospital's development function and its annual fundraising gala, the Bishop's Ball. In addition, he has co-chaired capital campaigns, spearheaded special fundraising events and directed annual drives. Most recently, he was involved in the recent conversion of the fundraising program at the hospital to formal foundation status.

The award recognizes the significant personal and professional contributions he has made to the hospital during his more than 30 years of association with the organization. The award was presented as part of a statewide ceremony marking national philanthropy day.

"Joe has been the consummate trustee," said Bishop Thomas Tobin, chairman of the hospital's board. "He has served with honor and distinction and has volunteered immeasurable hours of his time, talent, expertise and resources to the St. Joseph organization for which it will be forever grateful."

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