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Donor Garden Dedicated in Honor of East Rockaway Couple

While a typical garden reflects the devotion and care of its owner or tender, a donor garden expresses the gratitude, love, and appreciation for family members and friends who have been indelible sources of support, encouragement, and inspiration. Therefore, it is appropriate that South Nassau Communities Hospital recently dedicated and named its donor garden the Marguerite and J. Robert Wilson Garden in appreciation and honor of long-time East Rockaway residents Peg and Bob Wilson.

“Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have been loyal friends and supporters of South Nassau’s mission and vision to meet the healthcare needs of our communities,” said Joseph A. Quagliata, President & CEO. “We are grateful for their generosity and ongoing support and thank them for devoting their time, talent, and treasure to South Nassau’s growth and expansion.”

For more than three decades Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have been deeply committed to South Nassau, understanding the importance and value of a community-based hospital that provides high-quality, compassionate care and employs family, friends, and neighbors. In addition to memberships in South Nassau’s Tower and President’s Clubs, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have contributed to hospital capital campaigns and served as volunteers and supporters of numerous hospital fundraising events. In 1999, the Wilsons were the recipients of South Nassau’s Mary Pearson Award, which is presented to individuals for extraordinary effort and individual contributions that significantly advance the hospital’s commitment to compassionate care and standard-setting healthcare services.

For more than 45 years, Mrs. Wilson has been the captain of a team of volunteers that serve at the hospital on Wednesdays. In addition, she served as the volunteer manager of South Nassau’s Thrift Store for 25 years when it was based in Rockville Centre. Mr. Wilson is the founder of John P. Tilden, LTD, an international company insuring ocean-going vessels, and served as its President and CEO for more than 40 years. A WWII pilot of a B24, he completed 52 missions flying over the South Pacific.

“Considering their continued commitment and support of South Nassau’s growth and their passion for gardening, the dedication of the Marguerite and J. Robert Wilson Garden is even more meaningful,” said Elizabeth Nardone, Vice President of Development. “Words alone can’t express the hospital’s gratitude for the Wilsons’ generosity. We are very pleased to name the garden in honor and recognition of the good works of the Wilsons.”

To join the Wilsons in paving the way for South Nassau’s continued growth and expansion, you may purchase an engraved brick, wall tile, or garden bench in the Wilson Garden. This is a great way to honor or memorialize a family member or friend or commemorate a special event such as a birth date or an anniversary. For more information about the brick, wall tile, or garden benches, or to discuss other naming opportunities at the hospital, call South Nassau’s Development Office at (516) 377-5360.

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