Annual Luncheon Honors Shepherd Center’s “Angels”
Event brings together nearly 300 volunteers and donors.
Since 1985, Shepherd Center has been recognizing the special people who go above and beyond in their support of the hospital. The annual Angel Luncheon celebrates and honors the individuals, corporations and foundations that have been major donors to the hospital within the past year. The event also honors special event chairs, past Angels of the Year and members of Shepherd Center’s Bridge Builders Society, who have named Shepherd Center in their estate plans.
These are Shepherd Center’s “Angels.”
Recognizing close to 300 donors and volunteers, this year’s Angel Luncheon was held on Feb. 11 in the Callaway Auditorium at Shepherd Center. Each year at the luncheon, the hospital also recognizes the “Angel of the Year,” a special individual who gives generously and tirelessly to Shepherd Center. This year’s Angel of the Year is the late James Caswell, Jr., a longtime Shepherd Center supporter and board member who has made more than 300 gifts to the hospital. While Jim passed away in January, his family attended the luncheon. His wife, Carolyn Caswell, accepted the award on his behalf. The Shepherd Center was honored to name Room 509 in the Marcus-Woodruff Building in honor of Jim.
“Recognizing donors is so important,” says Jon Roxland, director of major and planned gifts for the Shepherd Center Foundation. “Nothing at Shepherd Center would be possible without our donors. We want them to know how much they mean to us, and this luncheon is a small token of our appreciation.”
By Sara Baxter
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year.