Joseph R. DiStefano was recently honored by St. Joseph Health Services of RI as its 2008 Partner in Philanthropy. 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 presentation was made as part of a statewide ceremony marking national philanthropy day in November.
Mr. DiStefano has been a member of the St. Joseph Health Services board of trustees since 1985 and has chaired multiple board committees and served on numerous ad hoc and special task forces. He has been instrumental in the advancement of philanthropy at St. Joseph, including helping to establish the hospital’s development function and its annual fundraising gala, the Bishop’s Ball. 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 a formal Foundation status.
“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.”