Volunteer of the Year Award
Many years ago, Gerry Strid stepped off a commuter train without socks. When his son asked about his missing socks, the answer was that a homeless person needed them more than he did. He has dedicated immeasurable time and energy for the last seven years to Project H.O.M.E., a non-profit group in Philadelphia that focuses on outreach to the homeless community. His tireless advocacy also has benefited Project H.O.M.E. financially. After more than a year of Mr. Strid’s planning and fundraising, the group held a 2006 gala that raised $1.5 milion which marked its all-time largest fundraiser.
Together with his wife, Kris, Mr. Strid has five children. All are involved in charitable giving, thanks to the example set by their father.