Chairman’s Circle

The 2015 Chairman’s Circle

The MGH Health Foundation hosted the 2015 Chairman’s Circle on Thursday, September 17 at Manor Country Club in Rockville. An elegant evening with dinner and an awards ceremony, the event celebrates the generosity of donors who contribute $5,000 and more annually to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center.

Congratulations to all our award winners and thank you to all of our donors.

Please enjoy photos from the evening.

The 2015 Chairman’s Circle Winners:

The Chairman’s Champion Award: Joseph T. Bell

Joe Bell, a member of the foundation’s board of directors since 2008 and chairman from 2011-2015, has been instrumental to helping the MGH Health Foundation grow stronger and more prominent in our community. He has also served on the hospital’s board of directors since 2011, becoming chair in 2014. He is an avid supporter of all of our endeavors. In addition to his generous contributions, Joe demonstrates genuine pride in the accomplishments of our facility setting an example for us all as a champion for MedStar Montgomery. He is a leader in philanthropy to his peers, an inspiration to our community, a loyal friend to our organization, and to the world, he is a true humanitarian.

The Physician Advocate Award: Michael K. Kerr, MD

Admired by the compassionate care he gives to every patient, he sees firsthand the impact philanthropy has on the lives of our neighbors and the growth of our hospital. Despite his busy job as medical director of the emergency department at MedStar Montgomery, Dr. Michael Kerr is a real asset to the MGH Health Foundation. He is also a generous supporter of the hospital and recently became a member of the foundation board of directors.

The Physician’s Group Commitment Award: Medical Eye Center

Physicians and associates of the Medical Eye Center understand better than most the impact that having the right equipment and technology can make when it comes to patient care. So ensuring that the hospital has what it needs to serve the community is a strong motivator for them as supporters of the MGH Health Foundation. Medical Eye Center has been instrumental in the success of the oncology campaign and this year’s annual Golf Classic, supporting the advancement of healthcare to better serve our patients.

The Willard Derrick Community Leadership Award: Cyndi Glass, Jeremy’s Run

An avid supporter of our community, Cyndi Glass started Jeremy’s Run seven years ago in memory of her son, who passed away at the age of 20 of a drug overdose. An annual fundraising event, its goal is to increase awareness of the dangers of substance abuse by supporting organizations that are working to do that. For the past two years, a portion of the funds raised have been designated to the Addiction and Mental Health Center at MedStar Montgomery to support “Jeremy’s Hour: Knowledge Can Save a Life,” a seminar series designed to help parents and professionals as well as young adults understand and deal with substance abuse. Cyndi has also decided to designate the 2016 Jeremy’s Run again to our Addiction and Mental Health Center. Dedicated to the well-being of her community, we are grateful for the support Jeremy’s Run gives to our patients and families.

The Distinguished Volunteer Award: Jim and Ann Schneider

When Ann Schneider first started volunteering at MedStar Montgomery five years ago, she didn’t realize the extent of the services offered at the hospital. That experience opened her eyes, motivating her and her husband, Jim, to make their first donation—to the Capital Campaign for Oncology. Today, Jim and Ann are avid supporters of the MGH Health Foundation. The Schneider’s are patrons in their everyday life, from charitable giving to volunteering their time and energy at our hospital—all to accomplish the simple goal of helping others.

The Face of Philanthropy: Louis J. Iaquinta

Lou Iaquinta has been a generous supporter of the MGH Health Foundation for many years as a donor and member of the foundation’s board of directors. He is also the chairman of the Capital Campaign for Oncology. Known for thinking outside of the box, Lou is always coming up with innovative ideas for raising funds to help our patients and their families. Caring and kind, he’s also expanded our reach into the community by encouraging others to get involved. A principal to our organization and most deserving of this award, his passion for philanthropy at our hospital is genuine—thriving in his innovative ideas and drive for success.

The Legacy Award: Peter W. Monge

A presidency that began on July 9, 1990 soon became the place he called home, a quarter of a century later he leaves his legacy with the staff he watched grow, the patients and families he supported and the hospital he helped thrive. When he retires in 2016, he’ll be leaving behind a hospital that is what it is today due, in large part, to his leadership. Pete has played an instrumental role in the success of all of our events and fundraising campaigns and has seen the growth of many programs and services. Under Pete’s leadership, MedStar Montgomery has prospered receiving many accolades over the years including the Excellence Award for Quality four consecutive times from the Delmarva Foundation.

For more information, please call the Foundation at 301-774-8777 or email us.