Cathy Koppelman, RN, MSN, chair of the Judson Services Board of Directors, started the program by thanking donors for their steadfast support. “Judson’s legacy of philanthropy began with a significant gift from industrialist John D. Rockefeller 110 years ago,” she said. “Today, Judson continues to bring community to life, thanks to your generous support.” Koppelman also recognized Judson Foundation and Judson Services board members for their leadership and strategic vision.
Cynthia H.Dunn, Judson president and CEO, reflected on the role of philanthropy – past and present – at Judson and expressed her gratitude for Judson’s generous benefactors. “During the past year, more than 450 loyal friends and benefactors gave nearly 600 gifts to enhance our services,” said Dunn. “Through your remarkable generosity you are helping to shape the course of history and improve the lives of the residents we are so privileged to serve.”
Dunn highlighted several significant gifts from the past year, concluding with a visionary $1.2 million gift from Charlene Phelps. The gift creates the Phelps Collaborative for Older Adults and Family Engagement, a groundbreaking new research partnership between Judson and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.
More than 80 guests attended the cocktail reception and dinner sponsored by Absolute Pharmacy, Glenmede, Howard Wershbale & Co., John G. Johnson Construction, and Prelude Services.