2009 NCPA FOUNDATION LEGACY SOCIETY INDUCTEES ARE ED BERG, HOLLY WHITCOMB HENRY, MIKE HENRY, FOREST PACK, AND ANDREW STOUT
TAMPA, FL (Oct. 19, 2009) — Holly Whitcomb Henry and her husband Mike Henry, along with Ed Berg, Forest Pack and Andrew Stout were announced at the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation Awards Ceremony as new inductees into the NCPA Foundation Legacy Society. The festivities were part of NCPA’s Annual Convention and Trade Exposition being held October 17 - 21 New Orleans, LA. Each of the recipients of this honor have donated a major gift—in excess of $10,000, to the NCPA Foundation—which allows it to fulfill its objective of preserving the legacy of independent community pharmacies through a myriad of programs targeted to research, education, disaster relief, community service, and student outreach.
"The NCPA Foundation’s relies on charitable donations to fund its efforts to ensure a robust future for independent community pharmacies," said Sharlea Leatherwood, PD, NCPA Foundation president. "However when people go far above and beyond , they deserve special recognition. This year NCPA President Holly Whitcomb Henry and her husband Mike Henry were joined by Ed Berg, Forest Pack and Andrew Stout in becoming new inductees into the NCPA Foundation Legacy Society because of the extraordinary generosity they bestowed on the NCPA Foundation."
Ed Berg is president and CEO of Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company located in Algona, Iowa. Ed’s company’s support for the NCPA Foundation is all too familiar including its challenge grant pledge of $250,000 for the Pruitt-Schutte Student Business Plan Competition Endowment Fund in 2008. On a personal level, Ed became the first donor to contribute a Gift of Life Insurance for the NCPA Foundation. Purchasing a life insurance policy that is specifically intended for the NCPA Foundation provides a substantial, cost-effective deferred gift to the NCPA Foundation. Ed has since initiated such a program for the NCPA Foundation so that others can also contribute this type of major gift to the NCPA Foundation.
Holly and Mike are pharmacists and owners. Holly is president and CEO of Rxtra Care Inc., which is comprised of three pharmacies in the Seattle area that offer a variety of specialty services like compounding and adult family services. For 14 years Mike has run one of those pharmacies, which is located in West Seattle. It is truly a family affair for the Henrys as their son Nick works as pharmacy technician at the pharmacy run by his Dad.
Forest "Woody" is the owner of Pack Pharmacy in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a longtime member of NCPA, having first joined almost 60 years ago. Even though Woody is eligible for retirement he still works in his pharmacy every day, and he would not have it any other way. Woody has two sons who are also pharmacists. His son, John Pack, is a pharmacy owner in Lima, Ohio. Woody has served in a number of professional leadership roles including past president of the Ohio Pharmacists Association and president and longtime steward of the former Ohio Association for Independent Pharmacy.
For the last 23 years Andrew, who received his pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona, has owned the El Tejon Drug Company, which consist of two state-of-the-art pharmacies in Bakersfield, California area. Both students and new pharmacists learn from experienced personnel about patient care services. Andrew has also served in prominent roles with the Kern County Pharmacy Association and is the West Regional Director of Good Neighbor Pharmacy.
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1953 to honor former NARD Executive Secretary John W. Dargavel. Contributions to the NCPA Foundation are tax-deductible as charitable donations to the extent permitted under federal tax law. The NCPA Foundation supports the growth and advancement of independent community pharmacy through low-interest educational loans and scholarships to pharmacy students, critical research and programs to improve the success of independent pharmacy, community service programs, and financial assistance to community pharmacy owners for their recovery in the event of disaster, accidents, illness, or adverse circumstances. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.ncpafoundation.org.
The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) represents the nation's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 23,000 pharmacies. The nation's independent pharmacies, independent pharmacy franchises, and independent chains represent an $84 billion marketplace, employ over 300,000 employees and dispense nearly half of the nation's retail prescription medicines. To learn more go to www.ncpanet.org.
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