I had the BIG TIME honor of speaking at this years Richard Hassell Foundation Dinner. Those of you that knew Mr. Hassell, knew him as the legend that he was. John Wayne, Robin Hood, Gandhi, and Santa Clause all rolled into one. He was a tireless servant to the poor serving the hundreds who “fall through the cracks” of government social programs. There were many who worked along side of him, especially during the holdiays. We collected Toys & Turkeys, Hams & Holiday, and many, many items so many need and so many of us take for granted. He delivered all of these along with an endless smile and a heaping helping of HOPE. He was awarded one of President George H.W. Bush’s “1000 Points of Light” in the 1990’s. This is one of the highest honors the President can offer to those who selflessly serve their communities and country.
Mr. Hassell died in 2000. Several of us raised the money to begin a foundation in his honor to continue his work. I served as the first Chairman for several years. It means a great deal to me and is the kind of organization that if supported, can make a real difference in lives throughout the country. The Foundation continues today under the leadership of Pat (Richard’s daughter) and her husband Louis Stewart. If you would like to support this wonderful organization contact them at 757/361-0407 or firstname.lastname@example.org.