BATAVIA — The St. Jerome Guild Inc. has announced a new initiative to honor the COVID-19 healthcare workers of the Rochester Regional Health/UMMC and the Jerome Center.

The Guild’s mission is to continually support its local hospital, and especially, now, during these extraordinary times, guild members said in a news release.

As a special tribute to all 1,000 UMMC employees during the pandemic, the Guild would like to honor each employee with a gold embroidered star.

The GLOW region may support the initiative by donating $10 per star representing an employee who may be a family member or friend, or just as a thank you for health-care providers’ dedication, hard work and knowledge, Guild members said. There is no limit to donors wishing to honor more than one employee.

The star donations will be accepted by check made payable to: St. Jerome Guild with notation “star” mailed to St. Jerome Gift Shop at 16 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

The final project will incorporate all the stars to be embedded into frames that will be on display at the North Street and the Bank Street Campuses entitled, UMMC “Home Town Heroes — Wall of Warriors 2020.”

All proceeds from the initiative will be donated to UMMC to purchase vital equipment.

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