Judge Thomas and Rachel Gladden honored at the 2014 Evening of Recognition
Washington Health System Foundation held its annual Evening of Recognition at Destiny Hill Farm on Thursday, September 11. The Foundation presented the 2014 Distinguished Service Award to Retired Judge Thomas and Rachel Gladden for their generosity and support of Washington Health System.
The Gladdens currently co-chair Washington Health System Foundation’s Orchard Society Committee. Under their leadership, the committee has recruited 450 members and raised $460,000 in just two years.
Besides being longtime supporters of the hospital, the Gladdens are very active in the community.
Judge Thomas D. Gladden is the retired President Judge of the Washington County Court of Common Pleas, and Rachel is a retired Trinity School District kindergarten teacher. Tom is Past President of The Washington Hospital Board of Trustees (2001-2005) and former member of The Washington Hospital Board (1998-2005). He is an active Rotarian, Past President of the Rotary Club of Washington, member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Pennsylvania Society, and the Washington County Community Foundation’s James McCune Acorn Society.
Rachel serves on the Boards of the Bradford House and Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA, and she is a deacon and former elder for the Church of the Covenant. She currently serves on the Mother’s Fund Committee for the Washington County Community Foundation and volunteers weekly at Washington Health System Washington Hospital in the Outpatient Surgery Unit. Without Tom and Rachel Gladden’s support and leadership, Washington Health System and our community would not be the same.
The Evening of Recognition is held annually to thank donors who have supported Washington Health System with gifts of $500 and above over the past fiscal year.
Washington Health System donors are recognized in the following ways:
The 1897 Society
The 1897 Society members are recognized on the Donor Recognition Plaque within Washington Hospital, as well as in the Washington Health System Donor Report. Members are also invited to the Annual Evening of Recognition and other exclusive events through the year.
The Washington Health System Donor Report recognizes annual gifts of $100 or more.
The Orchard Society members, who make annual gifts of $250 or more, are recognized on the Donor Recognition Plaque within Washington Hospital.
A private Annual Evening of Recognition is held for donors of $500 or more. An individual or special group may be honored at the donor reception for their philanthropy and commitment to Washington Health System.
Commemorative Gifts of all sizes to Washington Health System or Hospice Care are made in honor of someone on a special occasion or as a memorial to someone who has passed away. Acknowledgments are sent to the family or loved one as appropriate.
Hospice Care memorial donors are recognized in the semi-annual Hospice Care newsletter, The Journey. All others are recognized in the Washington Health System Donor Report.
The Tree of Life is a beautiful bronze tree located in Washington Hospital’s main lobby. It is a special way to commemorate a loved one and support Washington Health System. Each leaf or stone bears the name(s) of the honoree as specified by the donor.
The Legacy Library, a commemorative giving recognition piece for donations to Hospice Care, is a painted mural of books with plaques, made to look like the book spines, bearing the names of individuals touched by Hospice Care. The library is located on the first floor of Donnell House.
The Commemorative Garden, located in front of Donnell House, is paved with bricks inscribed with the names of donors and loved ones who have received Hospice Care services.
Donor Plaques are located throughout Washington Hospital as naming opportunities for the donors of major gifts (e.g., an operating suite, patient unit, waiting area, patient room, etc.)