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Herb Adler To Be Honored Posthumously With Village Shalom’s Schoenfeld Volunteer Award

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Village Shalom will posthumously honor longtime volunteer Herb Adler with the 2013 Stephen J. Schoenfeld Volunteer Recognition Award. The award will be presented at the organization’s Ages of Excellence Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Overland Park Convention Center. The evening’s program also will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bob Woodward as guest speaker.

Herb Adler (of blessed memory)

Proceeds from the Ages of Excellence Celebration help provide financial assistance to senior adults who rely on Village Shalom for vital programs and services. The Stephen J. Schoenfeld Volunteer Recognition Award commemorates the exceptional dedication of its namesake to the needs and concerns of Jewish seniors in Kansas City. After graduating from the University of Kansas in 1972, Schoenfeld became an active volunteer at Village Shalom’s predecessor organization, Shalom Geriatric Center, where he served as one of the youngest members of its board of directors. His life ended tragically in 1989, at age 39. This award perpetuates Schoenfeld’s memory while encouraging others to strive toward his outstanding level of commitment.

Herb Adler, who died in August, leaves an incomparable legacy of volunteerism and service to Village Shalom and its predecessor organizations. In the 1950s, just after his discharge from the U.S. Air Force, Adler joined Hallmark Cards, where he had a long executive career. Through his Hallmark connection, Adler donated greeting cards, gift wrap and special-occasion party ware for many years to the gift shops at Shalom Geriatric Center and, later, Village Shalom.
“It began with Jewish calendars,” Herb once said. “Hallmark made them for a while, but couldn’t sell enough of them.” Residents, however, appreciated having them.
Adler served on the Board of Directors of both Shalom Geriatric Center and its Shalom Plaza independent-living apartments before Village Shalom opened in 2000. Upon retiring from Hallmark, he became a weekly volunteer in the Village Shalom gift shop. While his volunteer involvements were extensive throughout the Kansas City community, Adler said Village Shalom held a “special place” in his heart.
“It is our privilege to recognize Herb’s remarkable commitment of time, talent and leadership over the course of many decades,” said Matt Lewis, President and CEO. “He was truly an inspiration to
others, and most importantly, a sincere friend. His kindness and generosity will be truly missed, and we regret that we were unable to bestow this much-deserved honor during his lifetime.”
Community leaders Pella Fingersh and James Klein are co-chairing the evening, which includes an elegant buffet dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. for event sponsors, and a Champagne dessert reception
following the program. Woodward’s remarks will be followed by a book signing.
For more information about the Village Shalom Ages of Excellence Celebration, contact Sally Beyers, Director of Development, at 913-266-8412 or sbeyers@villageshalom.org.