Press Release - Award presented at Sept. 17 Volunteer Appreciation Reception

Sept. 23, 2013 | Regional nonprofit Hospice by the Bay honored its more than 500 community volunteers at its Volunteer Appreciation Reception at the agency’s Larkspur headquarters on Sept. 17, with the top service award going to Robert H. Beadle of Larkspur for his 23 years of leadership and support.

Beadle was given the 2013 Dee Fahy Volunteer Achievement Award for his leadership as a former member of Hospice by the Bay’s Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, and Development and Planned Giving Committee. The award, given by CEO Sandra Lew, also acknowledged Beadle’s continuing work with the volunteer group, the Friends of Hospice, which supports programs such as Camp Erin, the annual, retreat weekend for grieving children and teens, and the two Marin Hodgepodge thrift stores, which raise funds for community programs.

Other Volunteer Excellence Awards went to:

  • The Spirit of Honor — For services to patients who are military veterans: Tom Lyon, San Francisco
  • The Spirit of Community — For outreach in the community supporting Hospice by the Bay’s compassionate care: Kathleen McIntyre, Sonoma
  • The Spirit of Generosity — For providing 280 hours of patient care during 2012–13: Pam Martori, Belvedere
  • The Spirit of Generosity — For giving the “gift of time” by making 323 patient care visits during 2012–13: Carol Brown, Sonoma
  • The Spirit of Teamwork: Awarded to the many volunteers who staff the two Hodgepodge thrift stores

This is the ninth 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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