Masonicare Annual Appeal
Thanks to donors' support of the Annual Appeal, Masonicare is able to provide residents and patients in need with items and services that aren't covered by any other sources. Recent purchases made possible by gifts to the Annual Appeal include music at worship services and dental care for our long-term residents at Masonicare Health Center, as well as skilled nursing visits and medication organizers for patients of Masonicare Home Health and Hospice.
Though every gift to the Annual Appeal is appreciated, donors are recognized at the following levels:
$2,500 – $4,999
$1,000 – $2,499
$520 – $999
$250 – $519
Each Grand Masters Day in June, The Masonic Charity Foundation thanks all those who donated $250 or more to the previous year’s Annual Appeal at a special recognition breakfast. This event is a wonderful opportunity for you to be recognized, meet our board members and administration, and learn how Masonicare has put your dollars to work across our healthcare continuum.
Annual Appeal Story: Dr. Sherwin Borsuk
Dr. Sherwin Borsuk’s remarkable life, both as a tireless medical professional and dedicated Mason, gives him a valuable perspective about Masonicare and helps explain why he gives so generously each year to the Masonicare Annual Appeal.
“As a physician, my experience, of course, has always been healthcare related,” remarks Dr. Borsuk. “So I understand why it’s vitally important that Masonicare offers services not only to older adults when they are ill, but also provides quality care for residents and patients who are dealing with chronic conditions or the everyday challenges of aging, which happen to us all.”
The positive impact of Masonicare’s ageless commitment to caring also hits close to home for Dr. Borsuk.
“I personally understand the value Masonicare provides to residents and families. My mother was one of the first residents of Masonicare’s Pond Ridge Assisted Living facility. . . As a son, I was so grateful for the wonderful staff and the knowledge that my mother had access to all kinds of healthcare right on the Masonicare campus. At the time, I was already on the board of directors and was proud of our mission, but my personal experience cemented for me just how important it is that we support healthcare services that meet people where they are.”
Annual Appeal Story: Betsee Osborn
For Betsee Osborn, volunteering is a way of life. Even before she and her husband Dick moved from Fairfield, Connecticut to Masonicare at Ashlar Village in 2012, Betsee has always been someone who raises her hand when help is needed.
"The Annual Appeal supports so many wonderful things at Masonicare Health Center, such as strolling musicians and newspaper subscriptions that brighten the days of our long-term care residents. . . The Foundation helps ensure that residents in need of financial assistance can continue to live at Masonicare even if the unexpected happens. Above all, I feel confident about giving because everything is transparent, and all the funds go directly to Masonicare residents and patients.”
With this kind of enthusiasm and commitment, it’s no wonder Betsee has been named Chair of The Foundation’s Annual Appeal drive for Ashlar Village residents this coming fall. This role is added to work as an Ashlar Village Op Shop volunteer and helping out the Ashlar Village Administration.
Yet, Betsee doesn’t seem to mind. “My favorite psalm is the one that goes: ‘Here am I, Lord. I come to do your will.’ It’s something I learned from my parents and have passed on to my children. Here am I. And I’m so lucky that I can be!”