Press Release - Award presented at April 23 Volunteer Appreciation Reception

April 24, 2015 | Local nonprofit Hospice by the Bay honored 135 community volunteers at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception at the Mill Valley Community Center on April 23, with the top service award going to Nick Kunst of San Rafael for his nine years of leadership and support.

Kunst was given the 2015 Dee Fahy Volunteer Achievement Award for his leadership as a member of the Hospice by the Bay Foundation and Fundraising Boards, Audit Committee, three years as Chair of the Annual Ball Committee and as a Mary Taverna Quality of Life Circle Member.

The award, given by CEO Kitty Whitaker, also acknowledged Kunst’s ambassadorship for Hospice by the Bay through his support of events such as the Annual Ball, Marin/Sonoma Concours d’Elegance, Looking Good and the RCP Tiburon Mile.
Other Volunteer Excellence Awards:

  • The Spirit of Retail Exuberance – For possessing extraordinary energy, excitement, and cheerfulness in volunteer service: Awarded posthumously to Glenda Malburg (San Anselmo), accepted by her daughter, Kelly Hunscher (Ross)
  • The Spirit of Creative Generosity – For using a creative skill or personal talent to provide outstanding volunteer service: Kris Lienhart (Larkspur), Susan Garrett (San Anselmo), Micaela Philpot (Glen Ellen), Ingrid Sheets (Sonoma) and Maureen Nass (San Rafael)
  • The Spirit of Willingness – For responding to new or innovative requests: Pat Burnham (Kentfield), Bruce Mosias (Novato), Carol Watts (Larkspur) and Phyllis Van Hagen (San Francisco)
  • The Spirit of Dependability – For providing quality administrative support: Maureen Cantor (Larkspur) and Martha Hamilton (Greenbrae)

This is the 10th year that Hospice by the Bay has presented the Volunteer Achievement award, which honors the generous spirit of former Marin County volunteer Dee Fahy. Until her death in 2003, Fahy volunteered for the agency for 25 years, advocating for hospice care in the 1970s when it was still a new idea in the United States.

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