St. Bart's Hospital is a Mayfield institution. It has been in existence for over seventy years, and as our community has grown, so has this important facility. The babies born in Mayfield are born at St. Bart's, and the lives saved in Mayfield are saved at St. Bart's. Another Mayfield institution is the Sylvester family. For three generations this family has been a very important part of this community. From Jim Sylvester's service as the high school principal to Lucy Sylvester's successful tenure as our mayor, this family has given so much to their hometown.
Five years ago, the St. Bart's development office received a mixed blessing. We were saddened by the passing of beloved Agnes Sylvester, the matriarch of the Sylvester family. Yet we were surprised and very grateful to learn that in her will, Mrs. Sylvester donated two hundred thousand dollars to St. Bart's to break ground on a new children's wing.
Caring for children was an issue near and dear to Mrs. Sylvester's heart, as it is to the staff at St. Bart's. That is why today we are proud to have the surviving members of the Sylvester family on hand for the groundbreaking and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Agnes Sylvester Wing for Children at the St. Bart's Hospital. Children represent our future. As we remember the passing of Agnes Sylvester, let us take comfort in the thought of the many children who will be cared for and even saved at this new facility. In this way, her memory will truly live on.
And now, without further ado, I invite Agnes Sylvester's eldest son, Lee, to please cut the ribbon so that construction may begin on what will be his family's newest contribution to Mayfield.