Benevilla held its annual Donor Recognition Brunch at Briarwood Country Club on March 19, 2015, culminating in the presentation of the Bill Wolfrey Community Service Award to Dr. Richard Stuckey.
The Bill Wolfrey Community Service Award is named for one of the founding members of Benevilla, originally called Sun Cities Area Interfaith Services. In 1981, Mr. Wolfrey was instrumental in starting Interfaith which has now become Benevilla, the premier West Valley nonprofit providing services to seniors, adults with disabilities, children, and the families who care for them.
Dr. Stuckey was honored for his generous involvement with Benevilla and the community. A Benevilla board member from 2009-2014, Stuckey served as board chair in 2011 and was highly instrumental in completing the 2nd phase of the Benevilla Fulfilling the Promise Campaign. He has introduced many friends and groups to Benevilla and the programs and services provided for the community such as six life enrichment programs, caregiver support groups, and in-home volunteer services.
The second annual Benevilla Business Leadership Award was presented to Bellevue Heights Church for their contributions to Benevilla and the West Valley community. Mr. Wolfrey was a member of Bellevue Heights Church and his legacy continues on with Bellevue’s continued support of Benevilla. Pastor Al Kurz, President of the Bellevue Heights Church Foundation was on hand to accept the award.
Over one hundred people attended the brunch, where Michelle Dionisio, president and CEO of Benevilla, gave an update on the past year and a look into Benevilla’s plans for the near future. Attendees heard testimony from Mary Durkin, a Benevilla Helping Partners and Group Supported Employment member, and her sister, Moneen Durkin. Mary and Moneen shared their experiences in the many ways Benevilla has helped to give Mary a sense of belonging and increased her job skills. Moneen is also a coordinator for Benevilla’s Home Delivered Meals on Wheels program. Entertainment was provided by harpist Jocelyn Obermeyer, generously donated by Hospice of the Valley.