Hillcrest Celebrates Its Volunteers

At the end of April, Hillcrest Health Services honored all the volunteers that enhance the lives of aging adults each and every day. More than 130 volunteers were in attendance at the recognition event. Volunteers enjoyed a nice meal and entertainment, and awards were presented to many of the faithful volunteers.
In 2016, Hillcrest volunteers logged just under 10,000 volunteer hours – that’s more than 410 days of time! Please take a moment when you see our volunteers to thank them for what they do.

Hillcrest Volunteer Services recognized Adult Volunteers of the Year at each Hillcrest community and three Youth Volunteers of the Year. The 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award winners are:

Jim Schwalb, Hillcrest Hospice Care,

Jean Ewing, Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge,

Kari Loveland (youth volunteer), Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge,

Hands of Heartland, Hillcrest Country Estates Cottages,

Don Jacobson, Hillcrest Shadow Lake,

Florence Summers, Hillcrest Mable Rose,

Natalie McNamara (youth volunteer), Hillcrest Mable Rose,

Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Hillcrest Health & Rehab,

Ambrose Terneus (youth volunteer), Hillcrest Health & Rehab.

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were also given out for the extraordinary hours donated in 2016 to enhancing lives at Hillcrest. In 2003, the United States President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation launched a President’s Volunteer Service Award program to celebrate, honor and recognize Americans making a positive impact through their volunteer services. The award enables organizations to join the President in thanking the nation’s most dedicated volunteers.

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were awarded to Michelle Blesh, Jenna Clark, Judi Colby, Ron Colby, Jeanette Coleman, Madison DeMeo, Margaret Dorsee, Drew Grimm, Trish Iacopini, Yvette King, Natalie McNamara, Jim Schwalb, Ralph Smith, Mary Ann Stevens, Kathy Taylor, Ambrose Terneus, Judy Warren, Richard Woodsmall and Sandy Kinsella.

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were awarded to 19 Hillcrest volunteers at the Volunteer Appreciation Event in April. Pictured above are some of the Presidential Award Winners. Volunteer of the Year Award winners are pictured below.

Thank you to all of our hardworking, dedicated volunteers!

Hillcrest to support Parkinson’s Nebraska with Pancakes for Parkinson’s

Get ready to catch a flying pancake! Hillcrest Health Services is hosting a pancake
benefit for Parkinson’s Nebraska at Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge on Saturday, March 18. From 8 to 11 a.m., The Pancake Man will be entertaining guests and serving up cakes of buttery goodness for a freewill donation.

All proceeds from the benefit will go to Parkinson’s Nebraska, a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to helping those in Nebraska and surrounding areas who are affected by Parkinson’s disease. Donations to the organization are used to educate communities and caregivers through access to resources and information.

Hillcrest Country Estates Grand Lodge is located at 6021 Grand Lodge Ave in Papillion.

“We’re looking forward to participating with Parkinson’s Nebraska, a great organization that shares our mission of enhancing lives,” said Jim Janicki, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “I always enjoy eating for a good cause.”

Local Artist Crafts Mural Tribute to Veterans

Veterans Tribute entranceWhen the Grand Lodge at Hillcrest Country Estates opened, it welcomed several retired military members, including retired General Leo Smith and CMSgt Jim McCoy, and their wives. The leadership team at the Grand Lodge knew they wanted to do something to honor all local veterans every day of the year. Together with a committee of resident veterans, including the Smiths and the McCoys, they planned a very creative use of space for this memorial tribute.

Local artist Richard Harrison crafted the Veteran’s Tribute mural that now spans the 40-foot hall at the Grand Lodge. The committee added shadow boxes containing donated uniforms and assorted medals worn in various eras by each branch of the United States military. Even more precious are the stories that came with the uniforms, each one sharing personal details about residents involved in historic conflicts.

“Photographs don’t do it justice,” said Curt Copple, administrator at the Grand Lodge. “Everyone is very pleased with how it turned out and touched by the thoughtfulness that went into the project. We invite the community to take a tour and see the wonderful project that resulted from creativity and local talent.”

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