PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
GOLD COUNTRY CHORUS barbershop quartet member, Drew Fossgreen, 72, of Placerville presents Mabel Morton with a card and a rose honoring her service to the Marshall Foundation in a ceremony at Marshall Hospital on Tuesday. The chorus, referring to themselves as "The Valentino's," on Valentine's Day sang "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" to Morgan in a lunchroom filled with well wishers including Placerville Police Chief, George Nielsen and El Dorado County Fire Chief Bruce Lacher. Chorus members, left to right include Bill Peck, 82 of Placerville, Gary Washburn, 63, of Cameron Park and Dr. Jeff Nelson, 53, of Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

GOLD COUNTRY CHORUS barbershop quartet member, Drew Fossgreen, 72, of Placerville presents Mabel Morton with a card and a rose honoring her service to the Marshall Foundation in a ceremony at Marshall Hospital on Tuesday. The chorus, referring to themselves as "The Valentino's," on Valentine's Day sang "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" to Morgan in a lunchroom filled with well wishers including Placerville Police Chief, George Nielsen and El Dorado County Fire Chief Bruce Lacher. Chorus members, left to right include Bill Peck, 82 of Placerville, Gary Washburn, 63, of Cameron Park and Dr. Jeff Nelson, 53, of Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

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Heart of Gold Award for Mabel Morton

By From page A1 | February 17, 2012

As a barbershop quartet crooned “Let me call you Sweetheart,” Marshall Foundation Trustee Mabel Morton received the 2011 Heart of Gold Trustee of the Year Award on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Marshall Medical Center.

The award was presented by Karen Good, executive director of the Marshall Foundation on behalf of the Board of Trustees and Marshall staff. She said the award depicts a tender, caring figure and an open heart who both gives and receives freely.

Morton, who has been on the foundation board for nine years, was recognized for always going the extra mile in helping to raise money for the hospital. Aside from all the other things she has done as trustee, in 2011 she was the first one to pledge to the Cancer Center Campaign and the first one to fulfill her pledge.

Morton, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer herself, also volunteered to tell her personal story of fighting the disease and the care she has received from doctors and staff at Marshall on a Cancer Center Campaign DVD that was produced.

The Heart of Gold Award comes with a $2,000 grant to direct to the charity of her choice. Good said Morton had indicated the money would probably go to the Mother Theresa Maternity Home in Placerville.

Clearly surprised and touched by the award, Morton said “this means so much to me. “Saying thank you is not enough.”

The ceremony concluded with the barbershop quartet singing an Irish blessing song.

Dawn Hodson

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