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35th Annual Raker Memorial Awards

The 35th Annual Raker Memorial Awards went virtual this year, bringing together donors, Good Shepherd colleagues, family and friends in a COVID-19-safe social media event held November 13. The awards are given to those who live the Raker legacy of compassion and selfless service to others at work and in the community.

Gary has a long history of dedicated service to Good Shepherd beginning with his tenure as a Work Services Advisory Committee member in 1997. He then joined the network’s board of trustees for a nine-year term. After a brief hiatus, Gary answered the call to continue his service and returned to the board, becoming chair in 2017. Gary retired from Mondelez Global, LLC, in Tatamy where he served as a human resources executive for nearly 30 years. That retirement was short lived, when in November 2018, Gary became interim president and chief executive officer at Good Shepherd, a position he held until August 2020.

In his remarks introducing Gary, President & CEO Michael Spigel said, “I would say that you met one of the reasons you first became involved with Good Shepherd, and that was to perpetuate the mission of the organization. I would say that in the future, when the history of Good Shepherd is told, your name will be near the top.”

Gary has been a steadfast philanthropic supporter for many years. “As I’ve come to know Good Shepherd’s staff and witness their selfless efforts to facilitate healing and recovery, it prompts me to give what I can to help perpetuate the organization and preserve its mission,” said Gary.

In nominating Annette for this award, her colleagues described her as considerate, highly skilled and a compassionate caregiver. “She teaches and shares with others whenever asked and has earned the respect of employees from other departments,” said Michael.

Annette spends most of her day in the therapy pool helping heal patients at Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center. One of the most rewarding aspects of Annette’s job is getting to know her patients on a personal level and giving them the tools to “better their life.” Annette joined Good Shepherd 38 years ago after a student internship. Her selfless spirit and compassion was particularly evident during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic at Good Shepherd. Annette worked tirelessly for days sewing masks for her colleagues and filling in wherever needed. “What we do for people would not be possible without the commitment of our associates,” said Michael. “It is their spirit, the Raker spirit, that restores hope to people who seek us out. Annette truly lives the Raker spirit each and every day.”

Annette serves on the board of TriBoro Sportsman Club and has volunteered for her church and with the Boy Scouts.

Watch the 2020 Raker Memorial Awards on the web at: bit.ly/GSRMA20