St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation Honored For Values By Boy Scouts Of America

TAMPA, FL. – The St. Joseph’s Hospitals Foundation was honored by the Boy Scouts of America recently with the Soaring Eagle Award, which recognizes those individuals or organizations that have made a substantial impact in the community and embody the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in everyday life.

The Fort Brooke District of the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council, which has about 80 Scouting units in Hillsborough County, presented the award for the foundation’s work at five hospitals around Tampa Bay, including St Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital. 

The foundation also stepped up to support the hospital staff through the Covid-19 pandemic by forming a Caregiver and Healthcare Worker Support Fund.

From left, Chris Perry, a St. Joseph Hospital employee, and Corina Wian and Rachel Fink, of the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, accepted the Soaring Eagle Award at a breakfast on July 13. (Photo courtesy of Greater Tampa Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.)

“Our fundraising benefits the community,” said Corina Wian, the foundation’s special events officer, who accepted the award along with Rachel Fink of the foundation and Chris Perry, a hospital employee.

“We are working toward being the No. 1 cancer center for children in research and treatment,” she added.

Perry, who is a Scout volunteer and a hospital volunteer as well as an employee, said, “There are a lot of similarities in volunteering in the hospital and through Scouts. The values align.”

The July 13 event, at the Centre Club in Tampa, benefited the programs of the Scout district and the council.

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