Kenmore Mercy Foundation will have its annual Tribute to Angels, featuring the Sister Mechtilde Memorial Award, at 6 p.m. Friday in Buffalo Niagara Marriott. Honorees are Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, 13th bishop of Ogdensburg, and Dr. John A. Repicci, chief of orthopedic surgery in Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
The award, established in 1980, is named for Sister Mechtilde O'Connor, founder and first administrator of Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Food and wine from Italy, Ireland and India will be served and silent and live auctions will be held. Van Miller, the retired "voice of the Buffalo Bills" broadcast announcer, will be master of ceremonies. Engraved crystal angel sculptures from Trabucco Studio will be presented to the awardees.
Bishop Cunningham, a Kenmore native, served the Diocese of Buffalo in administrative and parish positions before he was appointed bishop of Ogdensburg in March. He was a charter member of Kenmore Mercy Hospital Foundation Board.
Dr. Repicci has been chief of orthopedic surgery at the hospital for 13 years and trained surgeons from various countries in the minimally invasive unicondylar knee surgery he pioneered, known as the Repicci II Procedure. He was named 2003 inventor of the year and 2003 independent inventor of the year by the Niagara Frontier Intellectural Law Association and Western New York Technical Societies Council.
Kenmore Mercy Foundation provides financial support to Kenmore Mercy Hospital and proceeds from the Tribute to Angels benefits the hospital's neurosurgery and vascular services, orthopedic program and imaging equipment. In 2003, the foundation committed more than $500,000 to the hospital.