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12/8/2014

FHN Employee Wins National Philanthropy Award

12/8/2014

Corke Schaney, a Sodexo employee and member of the FHN maintenance staff, has been honored as a “Philanthropic Idol” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

FHN Foundation Executive Director Terry Egan nominated Schaney for the online competition. Egan's video nomination (available at http://npdlove.com/) received the most votes in a national competition. According to Egan:

Corke Schaney is an older gentleman that looks like Popeye. He's a modest maintenance man at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Illinois. Corke is a man of very humble means who's had his own health challenges in the past. At one time he received assistance from FHN's Employee Assistance program called Community of Friends. Corke also has a green thumb, growing plants from seedlings in his own home-made greenhouse that he built. To give back to his community, this year Corke planted an abundance of garden vegetables and flowers, then sold them at the hospital. Corke often gives his own money to charitable causes, but this time was able to raise an additional $1,000 for the Hospital's Foundation. With these funds, the FHN Foundation awarded a $500 scholarship to a CNA who is working on becoming an RN and another $500 back to the very employee assistance fund that once helped him. Corke has a big heart, and where he seeds, people grow.

As the top vote-getter, Schaney was able to designate $500 toward a charity of his choice. He chose Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Illinois, a program of FHN Family Counseling Center.