NHS Human Services Foundation Donor Appreciation Breakfast
The Reverend Dr. Herbert Lusk, II, former Philadelphia Eagles running back and Pastor of the Greater Exodus Baptist Church in Philadelphia, delivered an inspirational message of thanks and gratitude during breakfast to more than 100 guests on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Foundation’s Donor Appreciation Breakfast. Held at the Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne, PA, the organization recognized its donors who have contributed more than $1,000 during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.
Michael Mitchell, NHS Human Services Foundation Board Chairman and Joseph Martz, Chairman/CEO of NHS presented the 2016 awards.
The Foundation Award was presented to Emerald Advisers, Inc., Higher Information Group, and Todd and Karen Markle. These companies and individuals have contributed $1,000 or more annually over the past 10 years.
The Beacon of Hope Award was presented to Ruth Thomas Boss, Joe and Ginny Leonard, Barry and Marsha Rothman, and Frank and Rae Unger. This group of parents successfully sued the commonwealth of Pennsylvania on behalf of their adult children who are autistic to live independently. In addition, Michael Barton, NHS Executive Vice-President of Behavioral Health Services, was presented with this award for his dedication and commitment to NHS Human Services Foundation over the past 18 years. The Beacon of Hope Award is presented annually to individuals who have served as a beacon of light for those seeking a ray of hope.
The I Am NHS Award was presented to John Givnish, Givnish Family Funeral Homes for their dedication in celebrating the lives of our consumers with the dignity they deserve. This award is presented annually to individuals who have given unselfishly of themselves in raising awareness and providing resources to ensure all citizens are treated as equal partners in our communities.
The Above and Beyond Award was presented to 11 year old Zachary Rink. Zachary donated $250 to Fresh Start Veteran’s Program in honor of his friend, mentor and neighbor who was a veteran of WWII. This first time award is presented to an individual who exemplifies characteristics synonymous with the military phrase “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty.”
The NHS Human Services Foundation thanks all of its donors for making a difference in the lives of the 40,000 individuals who are served by NHS. Without you, our mission would be impossible to achieve.