Twice as nice

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A donor recognition ceremony was held at a recent Shriners Hospitals for Children – Philadelphia Board of Governors meeting to honor the late Walter and Gertrude Muller. Walter was a member of Lu Lu Shriners. Family friend Mary Kenney accepted the award on behalf of the Muller family and Mr. John Murphy, her uncle, was also in attendance for this special event. Ms. Kenney spoke of the loving care the Muller’s gave to her family and of their special generosity.

We are ever so grateful that in the 1980’s the Muller’s first left a large gift to our original hospital on Roosevelt Blvd. in Philadelphia. Fast forward to 2014 – after Gertrude passed away, we received another generous bequest and we were able to hold this second recognition ceremony. In total, the Muller’s donated in excess of $1,000,000 for the care of our children.

Shriners Hospitals for Children Philanthropic Society honors major living donors and deceased benefactors who give contributions or bequests in excess of $250,000. A Philanthropic Society Award Center is prominently situated in each Shriners Hospitals for Children location and at Shriners International Headquarters in Tampa, Fla. The centers are permanent and highly visible tributes to our significant benefactors. Every Philanthropic Society donation or bequest is honored by a separate wood plaque. The individual plaque features a laser-engraved, personalized inscription commemorating the donation or bequest, and a large bronze, silver, gold or black medallion of the Shrine seal. Bronze medallions represent gifts from $250,000 to $499,999, Silver for gifts from $500,000 to $999,999, Gold for gifts of $1 million or more and Spectrum Gold for gifts of $5 million or more.

Photo caption left to right: Jon Swartz, donor relations chairman, board of governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Mary Kenney, friend of the Muller’s, and John Murphy, friend of the family, Ray Goodwin, chairman, board of governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children