Helping Hands Award Dinner 2021

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May 5, 2021 • 6:00pm – 9:00pm

This year has brought many unexpected challenges, most notably the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic. We are continually reminded that the effects of this virus go well beyond patient care at Center for Hospice Care (CHC). With that in mind, we have been closely following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana Plan regarding mass gatherings. Based on their guidelines, along with many other considerations, we are rescheduling the 36th Annual Helping Hands Award Dinner. It will take place on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.

Hospice Foundation and Center for Hospice Care are proud to announce that the recipients of the 36th Helping Hands Award will be Drs. Zoreen and Rafat Ansari.

The year 1980 saw two major developments in the healthcare industry in our community – oncologist Dr. Rafat Ansari began caring for patients at Michiana Hematology Oncology and Center for Hospice Care served their first patient. In recognition of these two milestones, the theme for this year’s Helping Hands Award Dinner honoring Drs. Zoreen and Rafat Ansari is “40/40 in 2020.” The Ansaris were chosen for the award to recognize their exponential impact in our community through their acts of kindness and philanthropy. 

The Ansaris were integral in establishing autism advocacy and services in our community through the creation of the Sonya Ansari Center for Autism at LOGAN Center in South Bend.  The center, named for their daughter Sonya, provides a range of services, resources, and training for parents, educators and professionals who face the daily realities of autism.  In addition, Zoreen and Rafat presented a transformational gift to the University of Notre Dame to establish the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion in the Keough School of Global Affairs. The Institute focuses on religious studies and research, with worldwide engagement and education. Further demonstrating their commitment to education, Zoreen was essential in the creation of two elementary schools in Sindh, Pakistan. Rafat’s published work in oncology care has provided guidance to the medical community at large. The compassionate care, support and guidance provided through their work as physicians has given great comfort to innumerable patients and families in our community. 

Zoreen and Rafat moved to South Bend in 1980 and locally raised their three children, Sarah, Adam and Sonya. Through their ongoing work and generosity, the Ansaris have created a ripple effect across the community and around the world. Center for Hospice Care and the Hospice Foundation are honored to recognize Zoreen and Rafat by sharing the wonderful ways they are improving the quality of living for so many.

We hope you will join us at the 36th Helping Hands Award Dinner on May 5, 2021 to celebrate Zoreen and Rafat’s achievements. We greatly appreciate your support!