Rapid City Chamber of Commerce

HHS committee selects "Wind Beneath Our Wings" Honorees

 – By Rapid City Chamber

The Health & Human Services Committee of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the 25th annual “Wind Beneath Our Wings” Outstanding Performance Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 21 at the Adoba Eco Hotel. The event will ...

begin with a networking luncheon at 11:30 a.m. followed by featured speaker, Paul Stabile at noon. The cost to attend this event is $25 per person which includes the luncheon, speaker presentation by Paul Stabile and award presentations.  This event is open to the public. 

This year’s “Wind Beneath Our Wings” Outstanding Performance honorees are Pat Goetzinger of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson & Ashmore, JoAnne Schriver of Black Hills Works Foundation, Thomas Miller of Black Hills Works and Lisa Gager of Interim HealthCare.

Pat Geotzinger is being honored for his work with Youth & Family Services and for giving graciously of his time, resources and talents.  Pat has volunteered for YFS since 2000 and was instrumental in forming the Youth & Family Services Foundation in 2004.  YFS is only one of Pat’s community service endeavors.  His many volunteer contributions include organizations such as Children’s Care, South Dakota Planning Giving Council, Rapid City Regional Hospital Biomedical Ethics Committee, just to name a few.

JoAnne Schriver is being honored for her inspiring work for many years with Black Hills Works.  Starting with the organization in 1991, JoAnne has impacted the Black Hills Workshop developing fundraising events such as the Suzie Cappa Royal Tea and the Black Hills Work Gala that showcases individuals with disabilities and the wonderful things they accomplish.  JoAnne’s dedication to her community can be seen not only through her work with Black Hills Works but also with her involvement in the Chamber’s Ag & Natural Resources Committee, Women’s Network, South Dakota Philanthropy Day, Rotary and Cosmopolitan clubs.

Thomas Miller is being honored for his service and dedication to helping persons with severe disabilities find opportunities for success in their lives.  Tom was elected to the NISH Board, a national organization that provides technical assistance to community Rehabilitation Facilities. He was instrumental in the development of an Institute for Technology designed to assist in the development of technology that provides solutions for those with disabilities to obtain jobs. Tom is a member of the National Speakers Bureau and serves on the South Dakota People First Program. Being afflicted with Cerebral Palsy, Tom has overcome immense limitations and advocates for opportunities for others with disabilities.  He is an inspiration to all who know him. 

Lisa Gager is being honored for her service and contributions as a health care professional.  Lisa has worked in the health profession for 17 years and has been the Director of Health Care Services for Interim HealthCare of the Black Hills for 10 years. Lisa has been noted for her compassion, trust, professionalism, dedication and volunteerism.  Lisa was responsible for the expansion of in home nursing care throughout the South/Central Black Hills community as well as the implementation of in home pediatric care for infants and children through Interim HealthCare. Lisa’s commitment to service extends well past her position with Interim HealthCare; she serves on the Pennington County Needs Registry Committee and volunteers her services conducting wellness screenings for military personnel and community health fairs.

We welcome you to join us in honoring these amazing individuals for their compassion and dedication to helping others; they are truly the “Wind Beneath Our Wings.”

For more information or to make reservation, please visit the chamber website at www.rapidcitychamber.com or call the chamber at (605) 343-1744.



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