Care Chest of Sierra Nevada Humanitarian Award|
RENOWN HEALTH’S TAPOGNA RECEIVES CARE CHEST OF SIERRA NEVADA HUMANITARIAN AWARD
RENO, Nev. (May 1, 2008) – Steve Tapogna, director of real estate/property management for Renown Health, was recently awarded the Bill Kohl Humanitarian of the Year Award from CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada. The award recognized Tapogna for the time and resources given to CARE Chest and his humanitarian spirit.
Tapogna has been a valued member of the Renown Health team for more than 30 years. Steve honed his acquisition skills in the purchasing department before becoming the director of real property for Renown. In this role, Steve negotiates all land acquisitions, shepherds developments through the government entitlement process, works on development of office buildings and is the Renown leader in securing tenants for a wide range of buildings.
“Steve's focus has always been, and continues to be, cost effective, efficient execution of commercial transactions while establishing customer confidence and trust,” said Andy Pearl, vice president of system development for Renown Health. “Steve's receipt of the Bill Kohl Humanitarian Award for CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada is well deserved.”
The Bill Kohl Humanitarian Award, named after the founder of CARE Chest, awards those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving and helping CARE Chest. CARE Chest is a northern Nevada nonprofit agency that provides medical resources, free of charge, to individuals in need.
“Steve is not afraid to jump up and get things done,” said Patti Meals, executive director for CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada. “He has a good sense of what is right and he follows through with it.”
For the past 15 years, Tapogna has been vital to the success of the organization by introducing CARE Chest throughout the community. Tapogna was instrumental in recruiting corporate partners and finding donors. He also helped chair the Kidnapping Committee for Care Chest and helped to raise funds for all the committee’s events.
“Steve took a personal interest in what we do,” Meals said. “He made a habit of going above and beyond our expectations. Many who serve on the board do their job and go home. But he always took it to the next level.”
Tapogna shared the award with Marshall Newman, a former president of CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada, who has been actively involved with CARE Chest for more than 15 years.
The award winners were honored at A Taste for Jazz, held April 17th in the Grand Ballroom at the Atlantis Casino Resort. The event was a fundraiser for CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada that featured wine-tasting from more than 50 premium wineries, a live jazz performance by Cami Thompson, food samples from 10 of the area’s finest restaurants and a silent auction.
Each year, the past recipients are given the opportunity to nominate and vote for the most deserving candidates. This year’s award winners were nominated and voted for by the past seven recipients of the Bill Kohl Humanitarian Award.