Gene Richards, John Hoehl and Dr. Carol Lee Phillips were honored at The Lund Heart of the Community Awards celebration.

Hoehl Family Foundation Honored at Lund Heart of the Community Awards

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Thursday February 20, 2014

Lund celebrated the Heart of the Community Awards last Thursday, February 13.  The Hoehl Family Foundation was honored for their enduring contributions to Lund and the wider community at a ceremony in front of an audience of over 200 guests. Also honored  were Dr. Carol Lee Phillips, the first female Chair of Pediatrics at UVM and Gene Richards, director of Aviation at the airport and founder of Spruce Mortgage.

Board chair Lisa Pizzagalli said, “These leaders help us break the cycles of poverty, abuse and neglect, resulting in a vibrant community where children and families thrive.”

The Hoehl Family Foundation was founded in 1993 by Robert and Cynthia Hoehl, with a mission to enhance the lives of Vermonters through the support of nonprofits that help meet Vermonters’ basic human needs, education, religious beliefs and health.  The Hoehl family has been close to Lund and has supported a variety of Lund’s activities.  In addition, Martha Hoehl, a South Burlington resident, has served as a Lund Trustee. 

The Honorable James H. Douglas presented the award to The Hoehl Family Foundation.  “The Hoehl Family Foundation is improving the lives of Vermonters each and every day and people of this great state are in your debt,” said Douglas.  The Hoehl Family Foundation has made a leadership gift of a $1 million grant to Lund’s 50 Joy Drive Capital Campaign to help  fund the 20,000 sq. ft. building.  John Hoehl, son of founders Bob and Cynthia Hoehl, received the award on behalf of the foundation.  “It’s really us that should thank you guys,” he said, of Lund, “because you make our work more rewarding.  We get to see what my parents set up, in action, making such a huge difference for the community and for the women that really really need it.”  

The funds raised from the event will support the integrated family-centered services at Lund and the capital campaign for Lund’s new facility in South Burlington at 50 Joy Drive.