Founder’s Day Celebration 2012

Saturday, June 9th was Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry’s annual Founder’s Day Celebration. Every year, we invite community partners, supporters, staff, volunteers and residents to participate in a celebration to honor the organization, its history, and everyone who has come together to ensure its continued success.

This year’s ceremony opened with a prayer led by Bridget Purdome, Spiritual Care Coordinator. A former resident, Michael H., spoke of his experience at Bonaventure House. Cheryl Potts, Executive Director of Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry, led the Awards Ceremony.

The Alexian Award of Excellence is given to an organization for their outstanding commitment in the fight against HIV/AIDS and that exemplifies the Alexian Brothers values of holism, dignity of person, compassion, care of the poor and partnership.

In gratitude for their dedicated service, ABAM recognized the AIDS United AmeriCorps Program members for their tireless efforts in bringing beauty and dignity to the residents at ABAM’s South Side Location. We commend the AmeriCorps members for their compassion and partnership in the fight for people living with HIV/AIDS.

AIDS United AmeriCorps Program

The President’s Award is given to an organization that has, in an outstanding way, helped either Bonaventure House or The Harbor to carry out the Alexian Brothers values of holism, dignity of person, compassion, care of the poor and partnership.

In gratitude for their dedicated service, ABAM recognized Peterson Contracting Services for their work and dedication to provide dignified and beautiful living spaces for the residents of Bonaventure House. The staff members of Peterson Contracting Services are kind and compassionate individuals for whom ABAM is incredibly grateful.

Representative from Peterson Contracting Services

The Board Service Award honors past members of the Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry Board of Directors whose partnership, energy and support has furthered our mission and vision. We recognize the following retired board member David Reilly.

David Reilly and Cheryl Potts

The Volunteer Service Award honors volunteers who personify the mission of the Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry through dedication and selflessness. We recognize Eileen Harakal for his valued volunteer service.

Eileen Harakal, Erika Esponisa, Cheryl Potts

The Outstanding Service Award honors employees of Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry whose partnership, energy and support has furthered our mission and ultimately helped improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS. This year’s recipient is Karen Kowal, Director of The Harbor.

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Founder’s Day 2012!

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