On Aug. 17, 2018, Life Care received two awards during the Tennessee Health Care Association’s awards luncheon in Nashville.
Eric Fruehauf, a volunteer at Life Care Center of Tullahoma, won the Individual Volunteer of the Year Award, while Ronald and Bevaline Willis, volunteers at The Heritage Center in Morristown, won the Group Volunteer Award.
Fruehauf has been volunteering at Life Care Center of Tullahoma for 18 years and started a monthly auction game at the facility. A professional auctioneer, he lets his training combine with a lighthearted spirit for the seniors as they use play money to bid on items he has brought in. Many items are from the travels of his friend Dan Buholzer, who lives in Switzerland and visits the States frequently to share treasures he has found.
“This is THE activity – it’s the residents’ favorite,” said Glenda Stephens, activity director at Life Care Center of Tullahoma. “Eric makes it fun and makes them laugh.”
Ronald and Bevaline Willis have been volunteering at The Heritage Center for about 29 years. Ronald started out doing in-room visits, and then Bevaline joined him in his volunteer work by helping with bingo and crafts. Although health issues have forced Bevaline to cut back on her volunteering, the couple continues to provide church service on the third Sunday of each month, and Ronald visits one-on-one with residents at 1 p.m. on the dot each Thursday.
“They’re very dedicated,” said Eunice Dalyrimple, activity assistant at The Heritage Center. “They’re the sweetest little couple you’d ever meet. They’re always holding hands, and the residents love them.”