Silver Linings Gala
October 7, 2023
Jerry Gimmel Loyalty Award
In a world where commitment is often fleeting, where priorities shift and loyalties waiver, Audrey Rothstein’s presence and service to CaringMatters exemplify steadfast dedication. Audrey’s personal and professional experience enabled her to hit the ground running when she joined the CaringMatters community in 2015. She brought with her the professional experience of 25 years in association and nonprofit management. She also brought many years of experience in the field of children’s bereavement, directing and volunteering for children’s grief camps. Audrey’s personal experience of raising three young children, including two whose birth mother had died, also helped inform her understanding of the need for bereavement services for all ages. After taking our volunteer training, her involvement with CaringMatters deepened and extended to all corners of the organization: providing one-on-one care to a long-time client who had ALS; participating in our specialized training programs; photographing our campers. Audrey joined our Board leadership in 2015 and was elected Chair in 2019.
Audrey is a strong and dynamic leader. Her authenticity and integrity are her hallmarks. She supports and nurtures both staff and fellow Board members, while actively driving change and embracing innovation. “Audrey is so generous with her time, talent and treasure,” observed Allison Stearns, CEO of CaringMatters. “Her vision of service to CaringMatters means she is willing to do whatever needs to be done to make the organization the very best it can be.” For being an inspirational and visionary champion for CaringMatters, we proudly present Audrey Rothstein with the 2023 Jerry Gimmel Loyalty Award.
Community Partnership Award
Shady Grove Medical Center
Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is known for its exceptional dedication and critical contributions to the health and well-being of Montgomery County residents. The hospital’s strong community partnerships have resulted in impactful initiatives that address the healthcare needs of our region. CaringMatters relies on strong relationships with Shady Grove Medical Center’s discharge planning and spiritual care teams to help provide non-medical, social and emotional support to patients and their families. With a Healthcare Initiative Foundation grant, CaringMatters partners with the Wellness Team at the Shady Grove Aquilino Cancer Center to help patients access community resources. Adventist HealthCare generously matches the grant to fund the new CaringMatters program, The Whole You. Together, we have served more than 250 newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families since 2020 at both the Shady Grove Aquilino and White Oak Cancer Centers.
For their unwavering commitment to Montgomery County and their collaborative partnership with CaringMatters, we are proud to present the 2023 Community Partnership Award to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center.
For the past several decades, CohnReznick has supported the critical mission of CaringMatters through board service and philanthropic sponsorship. This long-standing relationship is rooted in a shared commitment to providing the residents of Montgomery County, MD with the educational resources and compassionate care required to navigate serious illness, end-of-life concerns, and bereavement. As all these services are offered free of charge, strategic fiscal management is of the utmost importance to ensuring that organization can continue to achieve its mission. As noted by CohnReznick partner and CaringMatters treasurer Erin Blanding, “Our firm’s approach to corporate responsibility is based on a dedication to driving positive social change throughout the communities in which we live and work – especially in conjunction with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The programming that CaringMatters offers is making a meaningful impact in our region every day and I am proud to serve this incredible organization and its clients.”
For their steadfast commitment to Montgomery County and their collaborative partnership with CaringMatters, we are proud to present the 2023 Corporate Partnership Award to CohnReznick.