Gary T.

West Virginia

Gary Tucker

2012 Winner

Shepherdstown, WV
Nominated by Paula Marrone-Reese

Volunteered for:

Good Shepherd Caregivers

Length of Service:

13 years

Hours per Month:

40+

March 15, 2012

Gary came to Good Shepherd Caregivers after taking a master gardener class at the local college. This grew into a heart that was dedicated to service and specifically service to Good Shepherd and those who are served. Gary has performed yard work, provided transportation to medical appointments, constructed handicap ramps and other project and repairs, donated funds, painting and other task which translates into numerous hours of volunteer work. Along with his other committments to Good Shepherd, this past year Gary has worked on a new committee that was given the name of Fixit Team. The team is dedicated to completed projects and jobs related to maintenance and repairs as one might guess from the name. Good Shepherd often has manpower to do the requested work for the Fixit Team but often having the money to pay for the materials is another story. Gary decided to think out of the box and approached the staff and board about having a Rubber Duck Race down the local Town Run (creek) in Shepherdstown. The ducks were numbered. People then purchased an individual duck or a flock of ducks and the donation would go toward materials for the Fixit Team Projects. This was Gary's idea and he completely carried it out by selling tickets/ducks at the local Farmer's Market. He dressed up in a duck costume to gain attention and sell more tickets/ducks. The Rubber Duck Classic raised $3000.00 and is now a yearly event. Gary has volunteered over 12 years with Good Shepherd and was elected to the position of President of the Board of Directors in October, 2011. He is still a hand's on volunteer serving in whatever capacity that is needed. Gary believes that his mission in life is to be of service to his community by serving through Good Shepherd! How lucky Good Shepherd is to have this faithful volunteer.

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The National Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $5,000 donation, courtesy of Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network. Each Local Winner’s designated non-profit charity will receive a $500 donation. All Winners will receive a certificate and a spot in the Contest’s “Wall of Fame” here on SaluteToSeniorService.com in recognition of their outstanding service.

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