For two decades, Frederick Memorial Healthcare System has been honoring members of our community who stand out in their willingness and dedication to giving back. We call them our Good Samaritans of the Year.
Honorees don’t have to be affiliated with the hospital in any way and nominations are accepted from (and for) any member of the community. Over the past 20 years we’ve honored some of Frederick’s finest (including Charlie Main – former Frederick City Police Chief) and most influential advocates (like Kathryn “Kitty” Reed, the first woman to serve as executive director of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce).
Our 2010 Good Samaritans of the Year, honored during a special 20th Anniversary event the evening of May 13th, are Marvin and Lisa Ausherman.
As FMH Development Council Chairman Rocky Mackintosh put it, “the length and width and breadth of their impact on our community has been so great that it would be hard to find a single organization that has not been supported, advised or somehow inspired by [the Aushermans].”
Marvin and Lisa have given outright gifts to organizations across Frederick County, but it’s their creativity that sets them apart. The Aushermans often show their philanthropic support by matching others’ donations dollar-for-dollar. They sponsor workshops and fundraising efforts, serve on boards and committees, and provide seed money for new programs benefiting our community.
FMH has also been the recipient of many of the Aushermans’ generous gifts. In 2003 they made a gift toward the expansion and renovation of the FMH BirthPlace. More recently, their $50,000 gift helped launch the FMH Auxiliary Prenatal Center.
Check out the video below to see the Aushermans accept the 2010 Good Samaritan of the Year Award!
Past Good Samaritans like Sue Scott Nisenfeld and Carl and Norma Miller have taught us how to turn personal tragedy into a community triumph. The Millers lost their son, Billy, in infancy, but chose to honor his memory by quietly making the largest gift in the history of FMH to fund the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Millers’ generosity also provided the land on which the Kline Hospice House sits today. But their giving nature isn’t limited to FMH. They also provided funding to build the on-campus child development center at Frederick Community College and are staunch supporters of the American Diabetes Association, Heartly House and the Alzheimer’s Association.
In 1993, Sue Scott Nisenfeld suffered the nightmare of losing a child. Rather than allow this painful experience to create a lasting void, Sue and her husband turned to a group called Compassionate Friends – eventually establishing a local chapter in 1999. Her selfless efforts provide extraordinary comfort and care to grieving families.
Congratulations and many, many thanks to all of our Good Samaritans of the Year. Each of your efforts help to make Frederick a better place.