Dedicate yourselves to thankfulness. Colossians 3:15

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Proceeds to help purchase ambulance

Published in Cumberland Times-News Letters on July 26, 2008.

To the Editor:

Thank you for publishing my letter and many thanks to everyone who has responded with interest in purchasing tickets for a chance to win the 1976 classic BMW Model 2002 car being raffled to benefit St. Elizabeth Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania.

Tickets may be purchased online or by mail. To purchase online, go to the ambulance fund Web site at and choose the Purchase a Raffle Ticket page. Follow instructions for installing cookies, if needed.

Any questions regarding making an online purchase may be directed to Pamela Protani at To purchase by mail, send a check or money order, along with number of tickets requested, to St. Elizabeth Hospital Ambulance Fund, 937 Oldham Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. Make checks payable to St. Elizabeth Hospital Ambulance Fund. Tickets are $30 each. Deadline to purchase tickets is August 12. The drawing is set August 15.

Proceeds from the 2,002 tickets being sold will help purchase an ambulance for the hospital for transporting critically ill patients to the next facility 60 miles away. The fundraiser is a fruit of a mission trip taken last summer by a group of volunteers from Maryland under leadership of Father Jack Lombardi, chaplain at the Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg. The car was donated by Carroll Kohler of Randallstown.

“We are grateful for your support and donations," says Pamela Protani, fund representative. "Your kindness will be long remembered by those whom the ambulance will serve at St. Elizabeth Hospital and the community of Arusha Tanzania.”

Again, many thanks. And good luck!

Nancy E. Thoerig
Mount Savage

Friday, July 18, 2008

Win a Beamer, help save a life

Published in Cumberland Times-News Letters on July 18, 2008.

To the Editor:

A chance to win a BMW is a chance to change the world – well, a small part of it -- in, perhaps, a most significant way.

In August 2007, a group of 16 adults and youths, under the leadership of the Rev. Jack Lombardi, chaplain at the Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, traveled from Maryland to Tanzania, Africa, to volunteer with various organizations, orphanages, schools and hospitals. For 17 days, they lived in Arusha, Tanzania, home of St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The “state-of-the-art” 33-year-old hospital provides top-of-the-line services for 350,000; however, it lacks what we would consider to be basic medical equipment -- and they have never owned an ambulance. When asked by Father Jack and his group, while touring St. Elizabeth, how they might help him, Medical Director Dr. Kway responded, “We need an ambulance” for transporting seriously ill patients, many with AIDS, to a second hospital about 60 miles away. An ambulance -- $65,000: A tall order that has received inspiring response.

Carroll Kohler, an acquaintance of Father Jack’s from his days as pastor at Holy Family Catholic Church in Randallstown (Father Jack served at St. Patrick in Cumberland in the ‘90s; he recently celebrated his 20th anniversary), is a locksmith by trade and car restorer by passion. Kohler spent more than four years restoring a black 1976 BMW, Model 2002, to perfection, with all the bling. He intended to sell it. He changed his mind.

Kohler gave the BMW to Father Jack to raffle to benefit St. Elizabeth Hospital. 2,002 tickets will be sold at $30 each. The drawing is slated August 15. More info can be found at

The odds are pretty good at winning the Beamer – and at saving a life in Arusha.

Nancy E. Thoerig
Mount Savage