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Three couples chosen as 2018 Apollo Award winners

October 19, 2018

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies announced Thursday the recipients of the 2018 Apollo Award: Dr. Camille and Dorothy Maravalli, Dr. Richard and Dr. Diana Schroeder, and Dr. William and Dr. Kathy Thompson.

The Apollo Award is given annually to members of the medical community who have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life in the region.

The Maravallis have been avid supporters of the arts locally, including the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, Cresson Lake Playhouse and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Dorothy Maravalli was the creator of the JSO auxiliary’s successful fundraiser, The Bach’s Lunch, which delivers lunchtime meals to local businesses. They are also active with their church, Westmont Presbyterian, where Camille Maravalli served as elder, deacon and trustee. He retired from Ophthalmic Associates in 2014. She spent 15 years as an emergency room nurse at Lee Hospital.

Since 2004, the Schroeders have coordinated a summer internship for local premedical students through Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. To date, more than 150 premedical students from Cambria, Somerset and Bedford counties have completed the internship. Over 85 percent have gone onto medical school.

The Thompsons moved to Boswell in 1990 as part of a commitment Bill Thompson made through Jefferson Medical College’s Physician Shortage Area Program, which encouraged students to become family doctors in underserved areas of Pennsylvania. The Thompsons have volunteered numerous hours in various capacities at North Star School District and North Star Youth Outreach, gone on mission trips to Haiti, and left an indelible mark in the community, especially with its youth. He works at Medical Associates of Boswell. She has been an associate professor of biology at Allegany College of Maryland since 2017.

The award winners will be honored at a dinner Nov. 7 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Johnstown. Tickets can be reserved online at cfalleghenies.org or by contacting Katrina Perkosky at kperkosky@cfalleghenies.org or 814-536-7741.