Westlake residents honored by Cleveland Christian Home

Ingrid Bowman receives Volunteer Service Award from Cleveland Christian Home interim CEO Jim McCafferty. Jayne Ryan Kuroiwa, center, emceed the awards presentation.

Cleveland Christian Home recently honored Westlake residents Bob Fortney and Ingrid Bowman for their longstanding commitment to help bring hope and healing to children, youth and families struggling with mental illness, abuse and neglect.

Fortney, who received an Invest in Children Award, has been involved with the Cleveland Christian Home for two decades.  He first learned about CCH when he heard friends discussing the agency’s annual golf outing. As Fortney recalls, “it sounded like it was a worthwhile cause to become a part of.” 

Nineteen years later, Fortney's company, Fortney & Weygandt Inc., has been presenting sponsor of the Scramble for Kids golf tournament for years, and Fortney and his wife Ruth are lead philanthropic supporters of CCH. As Interim CEO Jim McCafferty notes, Fortney’s commitment goes beyond dollars and cents.

”Bob is one of our most important 'angels’ that we can turn to at any time for advice, assistance, strategy or a pressing need," McCafferty said. "He is totally and completely invested in helping children at risk.”  

Bob says his motivation is simple: “We need to give back to those people that are less fortunate and really need someone’s help. CCH fits exactly into that bill. Ruth and I want to help take care of children that are less fortunate than we were growing up....These kids need our help.”

Longtime Westlake resident Ingrid Bowman received a Volunteer Service Award. Over the past fourteen years, Ingrid has donated hundreds and hundreds of hours of her time to CCH – sorting donated housewares and clothing for families in need, organizing Christmas gifts throughout December and tirelessly volunteering at fundraising events. If you have attended the Scramble for Kids golf tournament, chances are, Ingrid sold you a mulligan!

Development staff says Bowman brings a whirlwind of energy and organization to every task and has graciously answered the call for help time and time again: “Ingrid is as committed as volunteers come and we are so grateful to have her energy at work for the children and families of the Cleveland Christian Home. Over the past fourteen years, Ingrid has proved beyond a doubt that one person really can make a difference.”

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 10.16.2012