Rachel & William Terry: Doctors’ Goodwill Ambassador
By Space Coast Daily // October 28, 2014
ABOVE VIDEO: Rachel and William Terry have made it their calling to help wherever it is needed.
Couple Helps Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation With Mission Trips and Scholarships
Serving the community is as much a part of life as breathing for Rachel and William Terry, winners of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation (DGF) Ambassador Award for 2014.
The Titusville couple have made it their calling to help wherever it is needed.
Let’s begin with Rachel. A native of Tennessee, Rachel was a pro at volunteering even as a kid. When husband William took a job with Brevard Public Schools, Rachel continued her volunteer service at her new hometown.
Particularly dear to her heart is the Pilot Club of Titusvillle, part of an international service organization dedicated to making the world better.
As president of the Pilot Club, Rachel helped raise thousands of dollars to help Joe’s Club, which helps Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
President of the North Guild of the Women’s Center, Rachel saw the organization blossom this year as it opened a new facility in North Brevard.
The new building will allow for more individuals to seek help with domestic violence issues, plus a host of other problems.
“Domestic violence knows no boundaries,” said Terry, who is also very active with Parrish Medical Center.
Terry joined Parrish Medical Center in 1964, when, as she says, “it was a 65-bed hospital in the middle of an orange grove.”
After 47 years of service, Terry retired from her administrative position with Parrish in 2012, but she continued her association with the hospital system.
Husband William is equally as active as Terry at Parrish. While still working as assistant principal at Astronaut High School, William began volunteering at Parrish Medical Center.
“He started out driving the shuttle and has since done everything else they’ve asked him to do,” said Terry.
CHAMPION FOR UNITED WAY OF BREVARD
As Auxiliary volunteer and later its president, William Terry has put in more than 28,000 hours of service for the hospital.
On the board of the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation and the North Brevard Medical Support, Bill is also a champion for the United Way of Brevard and has been on the board of Coastal Ambulance.
“He loves what he is doing, because he knows he is making a difference,” said Rachel.
The couple has long been “cheerleaders” for the DGF, using their Parrish connections to help the organization with its mission trips and scholarships.
“We’ve known Dr. Bhalani (DGF founder) since he first came to Titusville,” said Terry.
For the Terrys, doing good is just part of doing daily business.
“We do what we do because we want to serve others,” said Terry. “Each one of us has an opportunity to make a difference.”
SPACE COAST MEDICINE WEEK SET FOR NOV. 1– 8
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation has raised more than $1.7 million in support of charity thanks to the assistance of Rachel and William Terry and many other generous and giving special people and organizations.
Those people, and their spirit of philanthropy, will be recognized and honored on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards, which will be part of the nine-event “Space Coast Medicine Week,” produced annually by Brevard Productions, the event and production sister company of Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and Space Coast Daily.
The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards will be held at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place beginning at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet, followed by the dinner and awards program at 7 p.m.
DGF AMBASSADORS TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:
Rosanne Cain, BSN; Barbara Carter; Tim Cerullo, CEO, Wuesthoff; Dr. Arvind Dhople; Dr. Rachel Fornes; Nina Gadodia; Michael Haridopolos; Dr. Heidar Heshmati; Dr. Irfan Imami; Edwin Loftin, R.N., V.P. Parrish Medical Center; Astronaut Jon MacBride; Dr. Patricia Manning; Judge Alli Majeed; Dr. Ashok Shah; Mike Shah; Naren Shah; Mr. and Mrs. William Terry; Susan Tindall; Dr. David Weldon; Bruce Wolters and Vitas Hospice.
Parrish Medical Center with CEO George Mikitarian, will also be recognized and honored with a Doctors Goodwill Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for their many years of support of the Doctors Goodwill Foundation charitable endeavors.
“The entire Doctors Goodwill Foundation board and community feels heartfelt gratitude to the people who contribute their time, resources and compassion to the charitable endeavors that we undertake,” said Dr. Kanti Bhalani, the Founder of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation.
“The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation can only do what it does, thanks to the love and support that it’s friends provide. We feel it is important to recognize people who give of themselves and that is why we created the Doctors Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards.”
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