Each year, Center for Hospice Care and the Hospice Foundation honor a deserving recipient with our Helping Hands Award. For our 35th year, we are thrilled to announce that our Helping Hands Award recipient is Catherine Hiler – a true community servant and ardent supporter of Center for Hospice Care and the Hospice Foundation.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn – Gillespie Center in South Bend as we honor Catherine Hiler during our annual Helping Hands Award Dinner.

Catherine Hiler at the ″Robert J. Hiler Jr. Veterans Memorial″

Catherine and John Hiler at the 33rd Helping Hands Award Dinner

Catherine Hiler was born in Belfast, N. Ireland, and emigrated to the U.S. with her parents and two brothers, joining extended family in New Jersey. Catherine earned her B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey; and pursued graduate study in corporate finance and business management at George Washington University and Golden Gate University.

Catherine then spent several years in San Francisco where she worked at First Interstate Bank of California as a corporate lending officer. After moving to Washington, D.C. in 1977, Catherine served on the minority staff to the Committee on Government Relations for the House of Representatives. She also served as Executive Director for both the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission and the White House Conference on Small Business. It was in Washington, D.C. that she met her future husband, Congressman John P. Hiler of Indiana.

Since moving to South Bend in 1993, Catherine and John have raised three daughters – Alison, Caitlin and Morgan – and served the community in many capacities. Catherine served on The Stanley Clark School board of trustees and was a parent representative on the John Adams High School committee that established the International Baccalaureate magnet program. In 2016, Catherine received the Individual Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

We like to believe that Catherine found her true passion when she was asked to serve on the Center for Hospice Care (CHC) board as a volunteer member more than 16 years ago and ultimately, the Hospice Foundation board. If that were not enough, Catherine graciously agreed to chair our five-year comprehensive campaign, “Cornerstones for Living: The Crossroads Campaign.” This five-year campaign, now in its final months, is focused on raising money to endow many of our signature programs and complete development of our Mishawaka Campus. This includes building a new 12-bed inpatient care facility (now called the Ernestine M. Raclin House) and a medical staff building adjacent to the current administrative building.

“I can think of absolutely no one more deserving of our 35th Helping Hands Award,” said Mark Murray, President/CEO of CHC and the Hospice Foundation. “Catherine has been a tremendous asset to not only this organization, but also to the entire community. Her desire to give back has left an indelible mark on this community. We are fortunate to be the recipient of her dedicated efforts.”

Thank you for supporting our 35th Annual Helping Hands Award Dinner honoring Catherine Hiler!