Samaritan Medical Center and its foundation have appointed Morgan OBrien Bocciolatt as the Childrens Miracle Network hospitals development manager, effective July 24.
Hospital spokeswoman Krista A. Kittle said Miss Bocciolatt was selected among several applicants, who included a total seven finalists.
It was a combination of the qualities Morgan brought to the table, including her experiences with Childrens Miracle Network, Ms. Kittle said.
That CMN experience includes an introduction to the nonprofit when Miss Bocciolatt was crowned Miss Thousand Islands 2011 and became familiar with the national agency and then the local affiliate when she held fundraisers to help local sick and injured children.
Since I started my involvement with Miss Thousand Islands, Ive had a deep passion for Childrens Miracle Network, the 22-year-old said.
She called the position a dream job and said she always knew she wanted to get into fundraising. Miss Bocciolatt most recently was the director of sales and events at Savory Downtown, just a few blocks from her future office on Washington Street.
When she begins the CMN post, Miss Bocciolatt will assist in planning final details of the fourth annual River Rat Triathlon benefiting CMN, to be held Aug. 25 in Clayton. She said she looks forward to learning from successful, established CMN events and looking into new fundraising opportunities.
Miss Bocciolatt has had development experience, as she has been a volunteer and spokeswoman for the Lyme Community Foundation. She also is a producer and volunteer for the Lyme Community Theatre. Miss Bocciolatt grew up in Chaumont and graduated from Lyme Central School in 2008. She holds a bachelors degree in communication management and design from Ithaca College.
As CMN hospitals development manager, Miss Bocciolatt will be responsible for sponsor/donor relations, fundraising and awareness of the agencys mission of helping north country children, according to a news release from Samaritan.