Heart to Heart International presented the Power of One award May 9, 2015 at the Compassion Gala to U.S. Army Major General Gary Volesky for leading the charge in the fight against Ebola in Liberia.
Major General Gary Volesky is the commander of the 101st Airborne Division and was named the overall military commander of Operation United Assistance – the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia – in the Fall of 2014. During the next few months, Volesky led U.S. troops into every corner of Liberia to build Ebola Treatment Units, establish field laboratories, and to provide logistical and operational support. The video above introduced Major General Volesky as the winner of the Power of One award at the Compassion Gala.
Volesky was unable to attend the Gala to receive the Power of One award, however he accepted the honor in a video message on behalf of all U.S. military and Department of Defense personnel who were involved in the effort to end the epidemic in West Africa.
U.S. Army First Lieutenant Nate Zimmerly attended the Gala to represent the U.S. military and its role in the Ebola fight, and to physically accept the Power of One award. Serving as liason between aid groups like HHI and the military, Zimmerly’s primary role in Liberia was overseeing the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) and the planning, design, and construction of 12 Ebola Treatment Units, including the ETU that Heart to Heart International operated in Tappita, Liberia.
1st Lt. Nate Zimmerly addressing attendees of the Compassion Gala in Kansas City, accepting the Power of One award on behalf of Major General Volesky.
1st Lt. Nate Zimmerly accepting the Power of One award from HHI CEO Jim Mitchum (r) and Dr. George Poehlman.
At this year’s Compassion Gala on May 9th, Heart to Heart International will present two distinguished awards to two very deserving honorees.
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The Power of One
The Power of One award is presented to an individual that exemplifies compassion toward the underserved and victims of crisis or disaster by significantly supporting Heart to Heart International’s mission to provide humanitarian healthcare to those in need.
As Commander of the military component of the United States response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Major General Volesky led U.S. troops into every corner of Liberia over the course of five months to build Ebola treatment units, establish field laboratories, and to provide logistical and operational support.
2015 Power of One Award recipient:
US Army Major General Gary J. Volesky
Heart for Humanity
The Heart for Humanity award is presented to a group, organization or company that exemplifies compassion toward the underserved and victims of disaster by supporting Heart to Heart International through monetary, volunteer and gift-in-kind support.
The AAFP Foundation has worked side-by-side with HHI for more than 20 years in humanitarian initiatives, providing patient care, medical education and training, service to children, and support for disaster relief. Currently, the AAFP Foundation program, Family Medicine Cares International, brings volunteers and resources to improve the lives and health of the people of Haiti.
“By providing patient care, medical training and volunteer work in Haiti, the AAFP Foundation has worked with us to expand access to healthcare for so many. The AAFP Foundation has shown they truly have a heart for humanity” – Jim Mitchum, HHI chief executive officer.
2015 Heart for Humanity award recipient:
American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
Saturday, May 9, 2015
THE GALLERY EVENT SPACE
Power & Light District
61 East 14th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64105
6:00 pm ~ 11:00 pm
All proceeds to benefit Heart to Heart International and our humanitarian efforts around the world.