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.