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Celebrating Our Volunteers: Gertrude Himmel Volunteer of the Year Award

Posted on 09/22/22 by Beth in Community News

Steel drum music, laughter and applause filled the air during a heartfelt celebration of volunteers with awards presented to two outstanding volunteers.

“This was a meaningful opportunity to show our gratitude to an amazing group of people that freely give of their time. They bring such passion, talents and caring to our communities, enhancing each day for residents, clients and staff,” said President and CEO Jim Newbrough. “We are so lucky to have each and every one of them and glad to be able to welcome them back after a hiatus due to pandemic restrictions.”

Gertrude Himmel Volunteer of the Year Award

“We appreciate the opportunity afforded by the Himmel family to honor an epitome of volunteerism, while we thank all of our volunteers for everything they do at this annual celebration,” said Menorah Park Director of Volunteers Vicki Snyder.

Celebrating Our Volunteers: Gertrude Himmel Volunteer of the Year Award

Volunteer Director Vicki Snyder, award recipient Jerry Block, President and CEO Jim Newbrough, Pearl’s Place Snack Shop Manager Mark Slocum (Pearl’s Place is where Jerry devotes most of his time)

Gertrude (affectionately known as Gert) Himmel, of blessed memory, loved volunteering at Menorah Park’s snack shop and the family found this award to be a perfect way to share her legacy and honor her memory.

Honoree Jerry Block, who has volunteered at Menorah Park for seven years, received this distinction for his dedication and hard work. “You don’t have to ask too often, because if he sees something that needs to be done he just does it. He’s simply that dedicated,” exclaimed Vicki.

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