Good Shepherd to Celebrate Official 100th Anniversary at Raker Memorial Award Ceremony on February 212/15/2008
Dick and Peggy Fleming and Joe Correll Will Receive Prestigious Community Awards
February 15, 2008
Allentown, PA—In celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding on February 21, 1908, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network will hold its 23rd annual Raker Memorial Award ceremony on Thursday, February 21, at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 729 St. John Street, Allentown.
Local dignitaries, philanthropists and members of the community will be on hand to help Good Shepherd celebrate its centennial. Michael Seidel, Prof. Dr. Sc. Med, director of Bethel, a Christian social welfare facility located in Bielefeld, Germany, will speak at the event. Good Shepherd has had a relationship with Bethel since the Raker Family, who founded Good Shepherd, visited the facility in the 1930s.
Also scheduled to speak at the event are The Rev. David R. Strobel, bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American, and Jill Schumann, president and CEO of Lutheran Services in America.
This year, the prestigious Raker Memorial Award, which is given to members of the community who, through philanthropy and volunteerism, honor the legacy of Good Shepherd's founders, will be given to Dick and Peggy Fleming, along with Joe and his late wife Marjorie Correll. Donald Johnson, C.N.A., of Bethlehem will also receive the Raker Spirit Award, which pays tribute to an employee who exemplifies the values and spirit of the Raker family.
The ceremony is free of charge and open to the public. For reservations, please call (610) 776-3567.
Media Coverage Note: Reporters, photographers and videographers are invited to cover the Raker Memorial Awards. Please call the Good Shepherd Marketing and Communications Department (contact info above) if your media organization will be covering the ceremony.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering a continuum of care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities and specializing in assistive and rehabilitation technology. More than 36,000 people come to Good Shepherd each year for specialized programs in stroke, orthopedics, brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, amputation and more. Good Shepherd provides rehabilitation services in 7 eastern Pennsylvania counties. Good Shepherd operates 14 outpatient sites, 4 inpatient sites, a long-term acute care hospital, 2 long-term care homes for people with severe disabilities, an independent living facility, a Work Services division that provides employment training and job placement and a lifestyle products store called Rehability. Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, will provide post-acute care in the Philadelphia region beginning July 2008. Good Shepherd was founded in 1908 when The Rev. John and Estella Raker invited a disabled orphan named Viola into their Allentown, Pennsylvania, home. Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information, visit www.goodshepherdrehab.org.