On December 14, the nonprofit Hope Loves Company (HLC) in Bennington, NJ hosted its annual board meeting where they reviewed the organization’s impact and financial performance for 2021 and shared board-approved 2022 goals, and a long-term overview. strategy.
In 2021, HLC hosted six HLC Camps for 233 participants from 22 states, dispatched 250 Hugs of Hope packages to 30 states, facilitated 27 virtual group participation and encounters with families from 12 states, and awarded eight Young Ambassador Scholarships to applicants from five states. and hosted a virtual day of family fun.
The Board of Directors also announced the election of Gary Bakhrach as Chairman of the Board. Gary is the Executive Director of Business Development and Home Care at The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest accrediting body in healthcare. Over the past few years, Gary has worked to support the mission – raising awareness, raising funds, appointing new board members, and most recently serving as Vice Chairman. In this position, he follows Gary Tracey Vasile, who has had a significant impact on the growth of Hope Loves as Chair of the Board of Directors over the past three years.
“It has been an honor and a truly pleasure to be a member of the Board of Directors of HLC. Since I joined the Board in 2016 following the death of my close friend from ALS, I have had the opportunity to meet many families and children during my time with HLC. I look forward to continuing with HLC,” Vasily said. Those friendships and I will always be a supporter and supporter of this incredibly influential organization.
Vasily continued, “While leaving this role is bittersweet, I cannot think of a better and more enthusiastic person than Gary to be the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. Since joining the Board of Directors, he has been an incredibly engaged, energetic and loyal advocate for HLC as well as the children and their families. Plus His sympathy, Gary also brings a significant amount of business acumen to the role that will be key in leading HLC to successfully implement its long-term strategic plan.”
“We are honored to lead Hope Loves and move forward with Tracey, whose dedication and leadership made a difference for so many,” Patrash said. “Until my family volunteered at the Chicago-area first Hope Loves Company camp, I never realized how children were affected by an adult ALS diagnosis. The work we do for families is very helpful and I am proud to be a part of this incredibly influential organization.”
Joining Paul Grote, who continues as Board Treasurer, HLC welcomes two new members to the Executive Board, Richard Sperry Vice President and Phil Kalamia as Secretary. Richard and Phil bring valuable business, financial and leadership experience to the organization.
In addition to hearing testimonials from campers, supporters, and volunteers, Hope Loves has announced the winners of its two outstanding scholarship programs, the Susan B. Anderson Scholarship and the Sarah E. K. Cooper Scholarship. In all, eight students affected by ALS were awarded scholarships to help fund their continuing education.
Presented by HOPE LOVES COMPANY, the only nonprofit and 501c(3) organization in the United States whose goal is to provide emotional and educational support to children and young adults who have or have had a loved one battling ALS. Judy O’Donnell Ames of Titusville founded the nonprofit organization after losing her husband to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
HLC offers various programs and resources, all at no cost, for children, young adults, and families affected by ALS. Some of these programs include Camp HLC, a three-day weekend getaway where campers enjoy recreational activities while learning coping skills and receiving much-needed support. They also offer Hugs of Hope sponsorship packages, which include a Camp HLC shirt, stuffed animal, children’s book, a signed card from the HLC team, educational materials, children’s books, family fun days, and more.
If you would like to learn more about Hope Loves, its free programs and resources for children and families affected by ALS, visit www.hopelovescompany.org.
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