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Meet Our 2017 Art of Caring Award Recipients, Henry & Betty Jacques

Posted by Linda Spencer on Mon, Oct 30, 2017

Henry and Betty Jacques are an extraordinary example of living their lives by the belief that, “God will make you rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion.” — 2 Corinthians 9:11

The Jacques put their faith into action by service to others. It is a faith that has greatly benefitted our community in countless ways. Their inspiring charitable volunteer efforts have impacted thousands of individuals, from their neighbors, to families throughout our community.

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The couple concentrate their philanthropic efforts on areas they are passionate about, including Community West Foundation, Fairview Hospital, Rocky River United Methodist Church and Bowling Green State University.

Longtime friends and supporters of Community West Foundation and Fairview Hospital, Henry and Betty’s commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism can be seen throughout the Foundation, as Legacy Society Members, Committee Chairs, in support of various fundraising events over many years and in direct service to help others.

Henry has made innumerable contributions to Community West Foundation through his service on the Board of Directors.  He is a true ambassador who brings leadership and guidance as Vice-Chair of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee.  Henry serves as Chairman of the Grants Committee and he has never lost sight of the less fortunate among us, and his dedication reflects the depth of his commitment to improving the lives of others. He is generous with his time and is always interested in attending site visits to better understand community needs, so that the Foundation can help share the burdens and lift up those who are suffering and struggling.

Betty has a special connection to Fairview Hospital as a volunteer for nearly thirty years.  Her personal warmth touches the Fairview Hospital family, as much as her personal generosity inspires everyone.  She extends her time and expertise and helps on special projects assisting wherever needed, whether providing support for mailings, collating charts for surgery, easing anxiety for patients, or regularly visiting the sick. She also has knitted more than 3,600 hats for babies in the newborn nursery.  Betty’s contributions to the hospital are legendary, and perhaps the best measure of how deeply Betty is involved in volunteer efforts is the fact that she has shared an amazing 23,054 hours, and counting.  She has been recognized for her service by the White House, the United States Congress and the Ohio House of Representatives.

Henry and Betty’s shared passion to help the community is a key element in their bond, and for their efforts they received the Community Service Award in 2010 from Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran Hospitals.

One of the couple’s most admirable traits is their compassion, and they continue to support and serve others through outreach at Rocky River United Methodist Church, where they have been members since 1977.  Henry is a bible study leader, past lay leader and former Board of Trustees Member, Stewardship Campaign Leader and Capital Campaign member.  Betty greatly enjoys being a Greeter at the church’s contemporary Harbor Service.  She also has served the church as a Sunday School Teacher and leader of the ingathering program for the needy for many years.  These acts of service are a visible expression of their faith in action.

As patrons of Bowling Green State University, Henry and Betty established the David V. Jacques Memorial Scholarship in honor of their late son, David, a 1988 graduate of Bowling Green, a remembrance that is particularly meaningful to the family.  David was a high academic scholar who graduated Cum Laude with a degree in geology, and who sadly passed away in 1991.  The scholarship helps well deserving young people majoring in geology pay for their education. Most meaningful to Henry and Betty are the letters of thanks they receive from student recipients and faculty members. David’s name will endure on the campus he loved as a lasting legacy.

Henry and Betty are most proud of their true legacy, their loving family. In addition to the late David, sons Kevin, Kenneth, daughter Susan, and six grandchildren are all witness to Henry and Betty’s selfless sacrifice, support and love for others.

The Jacques also support causes that reflect their interests, including The May Dugan Center, Malachi House, The City Mission, St. Herman’s homeless shelter, Brookside Hunger Center, Washington National Cathedral, the Caring Continues and Employee Care Funds of Fairview Hospital, and the SocksPLUS Program at Community West Foundation, among others.

Henry and Betty have endeared themselves to the entire community and their amazing faith in action is apparent everywhere you look.   Henry and Betty have shown us that the best way to encounter Christ is to bring HIM to others.

Congratulations Henry and Betty Jacques on receiving the 2017 Art of Caring Award!