UCHS Philanthropy Luncheon Raises Money and Salutes a Volunteer

March 22, 2017

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) and their foundation recently held a philanthropy luncheon at Sapona Ridge Country Club in Lexington to provide over 160 community members and leaders an insight to the supportive programs of the organization, including the direct services offered in Davidson County, as well as the recognition of a long-standing volunteer.

Far exceeding their goal, the fundraising event brought in $7,000 in sponsorships and $31,000 in gifts to the UCHS Foundation. The mission of the UCHS Foundation is to safeguard and disperse funds in support of the charitable work and ministry of UCHS. “The financial support UCHS received from the Davidson County community was remarkable. These funds will be used to provide benevolent support for those in need and fund programs that enrich the lives of those served by UCHS,” stated Nancy Beard, UCHS Foundation President. In Davidson County, UCHS employees 334 people, and serves 480 seniors and 37 children. Last year UCHS provided over $3,000,000 in unreimbursed healthcare costs to people in Davidson and surrounding counties.

Jack Frank, a resident at Piedmont Crossing retirement community, was presented an award for 50 years of volunteer service to UCHS. “It is my honor and privilege to talk about one of my most favorite people. Jack has devoted his entire life to serving our country and helping others,” shared Lee Syria, President and CEO of UCHS.

Frank entered the United States military at the age of 18. He served as a driver and messenger for the 142nd Engineer Combat Group, a unit that set out and picked up mines, repaired bombed roads and built bridges and cemeteries. In September of 1944, Frank landed at Normandy in France, and then spent periods in Belgium and the Netherlands, advancing to near the Elbe River in Germany, where American troops met Russian troops at the end of the war in Europe. Upon discharge from the military, Frank returned to Davidson County and started a lumber company, Kepley-Frank Hardwood Company, and a family.

Frank was an integral part of Piedmont Crossing’s inception. Once funds were raised and plans were made for the retirement community, Frank spent many hours on his bulldozer preparing the site for construction of the first phase. “Without Jack’s dedication, who knows if the doors would have ever opened at Piedmont Crossing over 30 years ago,” added Syria.

Frank has served on the UCHS Board of Directors for nearly five decades in numerous capacities including Chairman of the Board, Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Piedmont Crossing Advisory Council. In 2010, Frank was given the highest honor within UCHS and was named Director Emeritus of the UCHS Board of Directors.

“We want to honor Mr. Jack Frank for his long-term voluntary support for over fifty years and his dedicated service to United Church Homes and Service,” said Syria. “He is an important and valued member of the UCHS family.”