Ninety-three caregivers were recognized for the many hours of care they provide to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers in need at the 12th annual Caregiver Recognition Luncheon, held November 29, at the Atlantis Resort.
Caregivers were recognized for their commitment and willingness to give of themselves to enhance the quality of life for the frail and disabled. In addition to the annual awards, the Community Foundation of Western Nevada was given the Jerry Cruitt Humanitarian Award for its Community Support Initiative helping caregivers in need of information and resources. President and CEO Chris Askin accepted the award stating, “This is incredibly exciting. We are in the business to help people, not receive awards.”
The Community Foundation launched a website this year that can be found at washoecaregivers.org, and an accompanying Caregiver Guidebook for new caregivers written by local caregivers and community experts.
AARP Nevada was also given the Outstanding Business Award for supporting its employees who voluntarily provide care during their “off duty” hours.
Seven awards were bestowed to caregivers. They include: Family Caregiver awarded to Robbie Hibbs; InHome Paid Caregiver given to Greg Petroulis; Caregiver for a Veteran, Arlynn Tramble; InFacility Paid Caregiver, Delia Vargas; Dual Life Caregiver, Julie Ornelas; Volunteer Hospice Caregiver, Judy Humphrey, and Caregiver for a Child with Special needs, Steffi Vandever.
The Caregiver Recognition Luncheon is organized by the Caregivers Coalition, serving northern Nevada.