Sievekings Donate Significant Gifts To Both Health First and Jess Parrish Foundations
By Maria Sonnenberg // October 23, 2015
CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIANS
ABOVE VIDEO: Turmy and Oscar Sieveking have been able to help raise thousands of dollars for organizations such as Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, and Turmy Sieveking for many years, was on the board of the Health First Foundation, helping the organization raise money for Health First hospitals through special events such as galas and, of course, golf tournaments.
A little dimpled white ball has made a huge difference for several local charities, thanks to the efforts of Turmy and Oscar Sieveking.
Directing the little white ball at the center of the game of golf, the Titusville couple have been able to help raise thousands of dollars for organizations such as Jess Parrish Medical Foundation, which supports Parrish Medical Center’s mission of providing healing experiences for all patients and their families.
Golf has always been an integral part of the couple’s lives. A native of Canton, China, Turmy met future husband and St. Louis, Missouri, native Osca – appropriately enough – on the links.
“Oscar saw me play golf with the ladies while he was playing with the men,” explained Turmy Sieveking.
The fireworks haven’t stopped since their first date July 4, 1988, and neither have their united efforts to help their community.
“I ‘volunteer’ him, he has no choice,” joked Turmy.
“Whatever I do, he’s there to help, and he’s glad to do it, because he is a very good man.”
Fortunate to retire very early, the Sievekings channeled their new vistas of available additional time into helping local nonprofits.
“I’ve always believed you should give back,” said Turmy, who once owned five restaurants employing 250 individuals in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
“God blessed us with good fortune.”
Turmy Sieveking for many years was on the board of the Health First Foundation, helping the organization raise money for Health First hospitals through special events such as galas and, of course, golf tournaments.
When the couple moved to Titusville in 1992, the board of Jess Parrish Medical Foundation invited Turmy to join their fold. For some time, she served on the board of both Parrish and Health First Foundations.
The Sievekings never hesitate to help when asked.
In her will, Turmy Sieveking has designated significant gifts to both Health First and Jess Parrish Foundations to be used specifically for providing mammograms.
The Sievekings are also active with the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association, and deliver Meals on Wheels dinners for Aging Matters.
Before moving to Brevard, Turmy was president of the local chapter of Zonta International in Kalamazoo, MI.
Zonta is a worldwide group of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of women throughout the globe.
For 14 years, the Sievekings also orchestrated the Guys and Dolls Golf Tournament for La Cita Country Club. Golf and volunteering are joined by bridge as another abiding passion.
Turmy Sieveking is a regional master for the American Contract Bridge Association.
“I’m a very lucky person,” she said.
ABOUT THE 2015 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN AWARDS
Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure
The 2015 Central Florida Humanitarians include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.
The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.
The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created six years ago by Maverick Multimedia, publisher of Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and Space Coast Daily, to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.
TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.
TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.
TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fund raising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.
All 2015 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2015 edition of Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com.
The first Gala was held in 2010 and is produced by Brevard Productions.
ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SELECTED TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:
• Brevard Family Partnership
• Brevard Neighborhood Coalition
• Brevard Special Olympics – Debbie Spence
• Lila Buescher
• Canine Companions for Independence
• Childrens Hunger Project
• Circles of Care
• Ginger Davis
• Cove Merchants Association
• Dr. Brian Dowdell
• Early Learning Coalition of Brevard
• Betsy Farmer
• Darcia Jones-Francey
• Harris Corp. Foundation
• Malak Hammad
• John & Cynthia Handley
• John Harper
• Mike & Stephanie Haridopolos
• Sheriff Wayne Ivey
• Robert Jordan
• Dr. John Lovejoy Jr. & Dr. John Lovejoy III
• Victor Luebker
• Rita Pritchett
• David Schmitt
• Oscar & Turney Sieveking
• The 2015 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree is Dr. Anthony Catanese.
HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM
As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center.
“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Maverick Multimedia Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.
“For the sixth consecutive year, we will once again produce the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala on the first Thursday of November. This year, more than 42 deserving humanitarians will be honored during the Gala.”
The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will be part of Space Coast Medicine Week, a comprehensive series of health and educational events produced by Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and Space Coast Daily.
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This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by M.H. Williams Construction, Parrish Medical Center, SOAR, Brighthouse Networks, Wuesthoff Health System, First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Florida Pain Institute, Brevard Geriatrics, Knudson Brain & Spine Law Injury Office, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com. Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.
“We would like to thank our long list of sponsors who support the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards and who make this wonderful event possible,” said Giles Malone, a partner with Maverick Multimedia and Brevard Productions, who annually produce all the events of Space Coast Medicine Week.
COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES
Stay tuned to SpaceCoastDaily.com and Space Coast Medicine & Active Living magazine for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.
“Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 5 to celebrate and be inspired by these incredible individuals and groups,” said Maverick Multimedia President & Publisher Tom Palermo.
“In the meantime, please click the link below that showcases the distinguished Central Florida Humanitarian Alumni.”
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ABOVE MAP: The 2015 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.