April 18, 2017 | Local nonprofit Hospice by the Bay honored 125 community volunteers at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at the Mill Valley Community Center on April 13, with the top service award going to Ingrid Purcell of Larkspur.

The 2017 Dee Fahy Volunteer Achievement Award was presented by CEO, Kitty Whitaker, who acknowledged Purcell’s exceptional administrative support, Annual Ball sponsorship and her role as ambassador for Hospice by the Bay.

Other Volunteer Excellence Awards:

  • The Spirit of Compassionate Presence — Recognizing the devotion and exceptional effort in providing vigil presence to hospice patients: Pam Martori (Belvedere), Anita Moran (San Francisco), Sally Scoville (Sonoma), and Nancy Weninger (Larkspur)
  • The Spirit of Healing Energy — For excellence in providing therapeutic energy work to hospice patients: Bill Badiner (Sonoma), Michele Bernhardt (San Rafael), Margaret Beyer (San Rafael), Christine Comaford (Mill Valley), Cathleen Haller (San Francisco), Carmen O’Connor (Kentfield), Jean Ricci (Belvedere), and Lisa Seitel (Santa Rosa)
  • Camp Spirit and Generosity — Gratefully acknowledges five years or more of exemplary service to Camp Erin: Robert Beadle (Larkspur), Miriam Bowers (Olema), Maureen Cantor (Larkspur), Mark Giosso (Penngrove), Martha Hamilton (Greenbrae), Gee Kampmeyer (Tiburon), Marion Kleinecke (San Rafael), Barbara Kreissler (Greenbrae), Phyllis Mart (San Rafael), Vernon Moreno (Santa Rosa), Mary Ann Muirhead (Mill Valley), Cary Pepper (San Francisco), Melissa Perry (Novato), Cinnie Potts (San Anselmo), and Therese Stawowy (San Rafael).
  • The Spirit of Willingness — Recognizes exceptional ability to be readily available for any kind of requested service to patients and family members: Carrie Banks (San Francisco), John Barrett (Fairfax), Duke Shibukawa (Sonoma)
  • The Spirit of Ingenuity — Recognizes ability to think creatively, invent instinctively, and restore donated items that come to the Hodgepodge retail stores: Parke Blustein (Novato), Charles Loux (Novato), and Tom Winegarner (San Rafael).

This is the twelfth 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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