Honoring Those Who Excel at Transforming Lives Through Human Connection
Our 16th Annual Awards Gala honored the Benchmark associates and communities that excelled in transforming lives through human connection in 2017.
The special event, held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, provided a venue to celebrate the teamwork, dedication and commitment from special caregivers and associates.
“This is our opportunity as a team to show our appreciation for the hard work and great caring so many put in every day in their communities,” says Chairman and CEO Tom Grape, “especially our Compassionate Caregivers and Service Champions.”
At the start of Gala, resounding applause greeted the 2017 Service Champions from each Benchmark community and home office as they walked across the stage.
The evening also signaled the beginning of a transformative shift in our vision and mission, which will include a new logo, website, marketing material and expression of our brand. As Tom revealed, it’s not just about being a senior living company, but “becoming a human connection company.”
“By centering our company’s focus on the power of human connection to transform lives, we will be well on our way to achieving our vision, and leading the way toward creating a world where every person feels meaningfully connection to what matters most throughout their lives,” he says.
Tom added that “you,” our associates and caregivers, represent our brand through a special ability to make the world a better place for so many people. And that is the reason we hold a Gala ceremony every year.
“I always look forward to this night so I can learn from our special caregivers and associates, and thank them for the inspiration and lessons they’ve taught us,” he says.
Service Champion Award
Recognizes a direct-care associate who models being Called to Care
Honoring the supervisor or department head who goes above and beyond in modeling Benchmark values.
Unsung Hero Award
Honoring a home office associate routinely demonstrating our values "behind the spotlight."
Honoring leadership excellence at the senior management level
Darrell Harvey Values Award
Honoring an individual leader exemplifying what it means to Be the Benchmark
One Company Fund Award
Honoring the community best exemplifying the fund's vision of an associate-supported organization that does "the right thing"
Honoring the community achieving the highest in resident and family satisfaction
Honoring the community achieving the highest associate satisfaction
Honoring the community demonstrating the best business and financial results in the prior calendar year
Peter M. Small Award for Community Excellence
Honoring the community that best integrates the Benchmark trilogy of excellence, talent and fiscal responsibility into its business model
Compassionate Caregiver Award
Honoring the community caregiver who best fulfills the Benchmark mission to deeply understand people, meet them where they are, and personally connect with them at every stage of life