HONORING OUR HEROES
A virtual fundraising event to honor the Essential Workers of IAHD who give relentless commitment and unwavering dedication to the people in their care throughout this COVID-19 Pandemic.
During this one-hour “HONOR OUR HEROES” fundraising event, IAHD will tell the story of the Essential Workers on the frontline of this pandemic, how they came together to fight this deadly sickness and how together, we will all create a better tomorrow. We will honor a few of the many who sacrificed so much and, in the end, helped save lives!
People with I/DD are some of the most vulnerable to a sickness like COVID-19 and IAHD’s Essential Workers have truly proven themselves as the Heroes among us. These are folks who have shown up EVERY DAY… taken risks, made personal sacrifices and continue to do so to this day.
IAHD’s mission is to provide individualized supports and services to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and their families. IAHD’s promise is to provide a lifetime supportive approach for each individual and these Essential Workers are at the heart of this promise. IAHD is incredibly grateful for the dedication and commitment of these very special HEROES who do very special work. JOIN US to celebrate the HEROES of IAHD!!
Our IAHD HEROES Honored During This Event
Nightingale Hero Award
The clinical team of Osman Lizardo, Carmel Walbrook and Christina Wong are all highly skilled, extremely knowledgeable and compassionate team players who consistently display and promote the highest of nursing and ethical standards. Through their frontline support, IAHD was able to contain the spread of the COVID-19 and minimize the number of those affected by this deadly virus.
Asst. Dir., Nursing-Southern Div.
RN, DeVito Residence
Leadership Hero Award
Stephen Lewis has been a member of the IAHD family for well over a decade. From his time as a Direct Support Professional to his role as a Residence Manager, Stephen has shown great leadership, respect, patience and love to not only the individuals, but their families and the Leland staff as well.
Manager, Leland Residence
Frontline Hero Award
Direct Support Professional, DeVito Residence
In the 14 years Denise Dunkley has been with IAHD, she had never seen anything like the effects the COVID-19 pandemic, especially when her entire household became sick with the virus. When the first Devito House resident was released from the hospital to the Isolation site at Bainbridge, Denise was the first one on board to be on-site, ready to welome them to the next phase of their recovery; a familiar face and voice was some of the best medicine the individuals could have received.
Direct Support Professional, Bainbridge Day-Hab Facility
Healthcare Hero Award
Station MD is a telemedicine service that delivers care to the most vulnerable individuals while also reducing unnecessary hospital visits. Their use of video conferencing, augmented by sophisticated diagnostic tools and combined with clinical expertise that is trained to work with individuals in their home environment was a home-run for IAHD.
Daniel’s Music Foundation
Daniel’s Music Foundation (DMF) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2006, to empower individuals with developmental and physical disabilities through music. Since then, they have greatly expanded their programs to serve more individuals and organizations, both within and beyond our community.
Song featured at IAHD's Livestream Event: My Prayer for You
Song and Lyrics by Daniel Trush, Co-Founder, DMF
THANK YOU ALL WHO HAVE JOINED US IN