SpiriTrust Lutheran® recognized Bill and Kim Kerlin with the prestigious 2017 Cornerstone Award at the 14th Annual Cornerstone Dinner Thursday, April 6 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in York. The award recognizes the exceptional generosity of individuals in York County through direct charitable support, leadership and volunteer service.
Bill and Kim Kerlin are community pillars who have served many local organizations with their time, talent and treasure including United Way of York County, WellSpan Health and York County Community Foundation. Bill and Kim also co-chaired the $1.3 million Creative York capital campaign in 2015. Their collective involvement has made a positive impact on the York community and exemplifies the mission of SpiriTrust Lutheran.
“I was originally encouraged to get involved in the community through my employer, The Graham Group,” said Bill Kerlin. “My wife and I wanted to make York a stronger and more vibrant community for our employees, family and friends. As we were exposed to other leaders, we were inspired by their warm and generous spirit.”
Partners and sponsors of this year’s dinner helped raise nearly $200,000 in support of the life enhancing services offered by SpiriTrust Lutheran in York County. Throughout the 14-year history of the dinner more than $2.3 million has been raised. In 2016, SpiriTrust Lutheran provided more than $400,000 in benevolent care in York County through its Deaf Connections, Domestic Abuse Solutions, Financial Education & Coaching, Senior Companion Program, Stephen Ministry, Touch-a-Life and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services.
A highlight of the 14th annual dinner was the keynote address by Collins Tuohy, whose famously close bond with her adoptive brother Michael Oher was chronicled in The Blind Side. Her message emphasized that everyone can do something to change the life of another person.