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A Tradition of Service

The Helping Hands award began in 1985 as a way to honor community members for their service to the greater good. In the past 32 years, recipients have been recognized for their philanthropy, their service, their vision and their leadership. We are pleased to offer these video tributes to their service. 

The 2016 award recipient were Bob Beutter and Joe Kernan. As veterans and community leaders, Bob and Joe are true local "heroes." It was our honor to recognize them – as representatives of the many veterans of the United States Armed Forces – with the Helping Hands Award. 

Since 1985, the Helping Hands Award has honored an individual, couple, or family who demonstrates civic and charitable stewardship to improve the quality of living in the communities served by Center for Hospice Care. The award recognizes the recipients for exhibiting exceptional generosity, outstanding community achievements, direct financial support, or by motivating others to give. While there is no requirement that the honoree(s) possess a close relationship—professional, voluntary or philanthropic—with Center for Hospice Care, there are certain characteristics typically common in Helping Hands Award recipients. Among them:

  • Innovative approaches to meeting the community’s needs
  • Effectiveness while working with nonprofit staff and volunteers
  • Outstanding community achievements and accomplishments
  • Success in recruiting and motivating others toward leadership roles in the community
  • Participation from within nonprofit organizations
  • History of inspiring, encouraging and motivating others to give
  • History of leadership within creative initiatives designed to meet needs and enhance the quality of living
    in our communities

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