DeWitt:: Physician honored at fundraising event

"Dr. Austin has been a very well respected physician in the community over many many years," Martin said. "He has a lot of friends, especially St. Joseph's Hospital and Franciscan Health Services, who supported this event mostly because Dr. Austin was the honoree."

Started in 1966, Home Aides of Central New York is a non-profit agency dedicated to the care of the elderly and disabled residents of Central New York. Home Aides of Central New York has a $5 million budget and provides home-health aides to more than 575 seniors each week with healthcare services.

Martin said a lot of people are unaware that Home Aides provides home health aides to other organizations in the community. Home Aides of Central New York provides support and service for organizations such as Hospice of Central New York and Francis House, which provide medical services to people in their own homes who are terminally ill.

Sponsors for the event included Pathfinder Bank, St. Joseph's Hospital, and Morgan Stanley. The event included an invocation by Msgr. Robert Yeazel, pastor of Holy Cross Church, DeWitt and Dr. Richard Hehir of St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center and longtime colleague and friend of Austin.

Among the celebrities on hand were former long drive champion and LPGA player Sally Dee, as well as Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim. Martin presented Austin with an engraved crystal bowl in honor of his years of service to the Central New York community.

"We are so pleased to be able to honor Dr. Carl Austin for his years of service to the Central New York community, including serving on both the Eldercare Foundation and Home Aides of Central New York boards of directors," Martin said. "His passion for caring for the elderly at home has been seen in both his work in the medical community as well as the various non-profit boards on which he has served."

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