The Madonna Foundation honored two very special friends at the annual Angel Spotlight event on May 8.
The Innovation Award, presented to Ron Harris, acknowledges those who merge knowledge with imagination to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities. Ron Harris was a founding benefactor of Madonna’s Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering. He was among the first to see the vision of establishing a research presence on Madonna’s Lincoln Campus.
One of the most enduring aspects of Ron’s early involvement is his work in raising the necessary corporate and family gifts to establish the Harris Family Assistive Technology Lab within Madonna’s Research Institute. The research underway in the Harris Family Assistive Technology Lab focuses on the development and field testing of new communication and assistive technology options for patients with severe disabilities.
Madonna was honored to enjoy Ron’s service on both our foundation and hospital boards for many years. He also presided as Madonna Hospital Board Chair in 1991 and 1992. Ron and his wife, Chris, are Madonna Foundation Trustees.
The Vision Award, presented to Bill Kubly, acknowledges those who challenge, lead and elevate Madonna to greater heights to ensure a brighter future for our patients.
While growing his international landscape architecture business, Bill Kubly also took the time to share his insights, leadership skills and personal resources with Madonna. Bill and his wife, Myrna, have generously contributed to all of Madonna’s capital campaigns in the past three decades. In 2008, he funded the Bill Kubly Student Research Scholarship which explored the use of elliptical training as an option for individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Bill served on our National Advisory Council and shared his leadership with both the hospital and foundation boards at Madonna. Bill and Myrna are Madonna Foundation Trustees. Now, Bill’s service has inspired a second generation of Kubly leadership at Madonna. Bill’s daughter, Lauren Pugliese, currently serves as the treasurer of the Foundation Board of Directors.
To view past recipients of the Innovation award and Vision Award, visit www.madonna.org/foundation/recognizing-our-friends.