BUCYRUS – Like so many standing traditions, the Group Basis for Crawford County needed to cancel its annual “Night of Philanthropy” occasion this yr — a night usually put aside to indicate appreciation for his or her donors.
Nevertheless, the group’s Growth Committee and board felt that it was nonetheless essential to call a recipient of the Spirit of Philanthropy Award for 2020, as the necessity for philanthropy and volunteering is simply as essential as ever.
Judi Saurers was chosen because the winner of the 2020 Spirit of Philanthropy Award. Saurers was a basis board member for six years and likewise served as secretary. She spearheaded the capital marketing campaign that turned the Knights of Columbus Corridor into the present Crestline Historic Society and Museum, the place she has additionally served as a volunteer and president.
In 2019, Judi was named to the Crawford County Golden Years Corridor of Fame for her service to the group. She can also be an energetic volunteer for the Trinity Lutheran Church Council and the Crestline Patio Gardeners Membership.
Professionally, Judi was a nurse for 45 years, working at space hospitals and nursing houses earlier than she and her late husband, Russell, owned and operated the Crestline Nursing Dwelling for 20 years. This was adopted by one other enterprise enterprise — constructing and working the Jolly Pirate Donut Store in Crestline for 10 years. Lastly, she turned the manager director of the Ohio District 5 Space Company on Ageing, from the place she retired after 15 years.
“I really feel like several philanthropic award belongs to each Russ (her husband) and me,” Judi commented. “He at all times needed nonprofits to outlive, and he really served on the Crestline Historic Society Board earlier than I did. He at all times supported my volunteerism and was adamant about us supporting good causes — each financially and by volunteering. Small organizations don’t survive until volunteers step in and are dedicated.”
“I at all times say that Judi is a drive to be reckoned with,” joked Lisa Workman, basis president. “If there’s a fundraising greenback quantity to fulfill or a troublesome process to undertake, Judi will take it on with a constructive can-do spirit!”
Prior Spirit of Philanthropy award winners embody the late Dr. Donald Wenner, Libby McPeek, the Timken Basis and Tom Holtshouse. The muse’s mission is to help collaborative, impactful and philanthropic management that gives high quality and lasting investments in our group, now and for generations to come back.