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Cooking Up Compassion

Translate the phrase “Let’s Go!” to Italian and you have the name of a highly rated restaurant, Andiamo, along with its bighearted owner’s outlook on life. “Whoever walks in here is treated like friends and family,” says Don Dickstein, an EHMC Foundation Trustee who has operated the Haworth establishment for more than 25 years.

The same could be said for the Andiamo Benefit Motorcycle Run, which was founded by Mr. Dickstein and celebrated its 18th year in September.  “It is a very uplifting event,” he says. With nearly 1,000 motorcycle riders participating and an after party attended by more than 2,000, he adds, “There is a great spirit around the Andiamo Run. Everyone looks forward to it.”

Over the years, the restaurateur’s passion for motorcycles (he became an avid rider 35 years ago) has raised more than $1 million to benefit EHMC and other nonprofit organizations. The Medical Center has always held a special place in Mr. Dickstein’s heart, and the connection grew stronger when his wife, Linda, was diagnosed with breast cancer a number of years ago. “The care she received was phenomenal and the relationships we established with the doctors continues to this day,” he notes. The experience inspired a greater commitment as a donor, Foundation Trustee and ambassador to the wider community.

“I have watched our local hospital grow into a major Medical Center,” Mr. Dickstein says with a measure of pride. Yet, he clearly appreciates EHMC’s patient-centered focus. “I want my patrons to feel truly welcomed when they come through my  doors. That is the same feeling I have every time I walk into EHMC.”