Upper Sandusky – Fairhaven Community, a United Church Homes community, hosted its Donor Appreciation Dinner on July 9, 2019. The event honored individuals who donate time and offer financial support to the UCH mission.
This year, the community gave three awards: the Ben M. Herbster Award to a devoted donor, the Spirit Award to an enthusiastic volunteer and the Diakonie Award to a supportive congregation.
Point Place United Church of Christ received the Diakonie Award for their continual support of Fairhaven over at least the last 50 years. Church members Jim and Donna Armstrong and Bonny Beebe spearhead the annual Mother’s Day offering that directly benefits Fairhaven. Since UCH started tracking donations in the early 1980s, church members have given nearly $19,000 to the community.
Next, Fairhaven honored Jim Frank with the Spirit Award. He earned this honor for his volunteer work at Fairhaven. Residents know him as the “newspaper guy” because he has been delivering newspapers to Fairhaven for the past 24 years. Through this volunteering, he has become friends with many residents.
Finally, Dr. DP Smith was honored with the prestigious Ben M. Herbster Award for his financial support of Fairhaven. Smith has donated to Fairhaven since the early 1980s, with at least 25 years of giving. Smith is one of the longest practicing doctors in Wyandot County, caring for residents of Fairhaven for many years.
In addition to thanking these outstanding individuals, more than 80 additional donors and volunteers attended the event. Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, praised them for living UCH’s mission, vision and values.
“Your gifts transform aging by helping us build a culture of community, wholeness and peace,” he said. “Your advocacy for the residents and families we serve at Fairhaven makes a huge difference in their lives, each and every day.”
In 2018, nearly $75,000 in donations, including more than $16,000 in charitable estate gifts, were invested at Fairhaven.
About Fairhaven: Fairhaven Community offers independent and assisted living, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and holistic, person-directed memory care services on its beautiful campus in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. As part of the United Church Homes family of communities, its mission is to transform aging by building a culture of community, wholeness and peace.
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