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On Friday, April 22, Raymond and Janet Taylor of rural Palmyra will be honored at United Way’s Evening of Philanthropy as the Philanthropic Couple of the Year.
Raymond and Janet Taylor rarely can be found at home as they spend much of their time volunteering and supporting causes close to their heart in our community.
In 2021, Janet was the president of Hannibal Regional Auxiliary.
While most hospital auxiliary groups were shutting down throughout the nation due to the pandemic, under Janet’s leadership with support from her husband Raymond, Hannibal Regional’s Auxiliary gained members and grew.
This allowed the Hannibal Regional Auxiliary group to continue raising funds and make a gift of over $112,000 to Hannibal Regional’s Building Better Tomorrows Campaign.
Together the Taylors have been instrumental volunteers in Hannibal Regional’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics. They have volunteered at nearly ever vaccine clinic held racking up a combined 2,200 plus hours of volunteer service at Hannibal Regional in 2021.
The two helped individuals schedule their vaccines as well as answered questions on the phone for individuals calling.
They helped direct individuals to where they needed to go and helped individuals coming in fill out paperwork to get their vaccines.
In addition to their service to the community through Hannibal Regional, the two are very active with Maple Lawn Nursing Home’s Auxiliary.
Janet is the current Maple Lawn Nursing Home Auxiliary president.
The two are also active members of Big Creek Presbyterian Church in addition to supporting the community in other ways.
‘Their dedication to causes in our community and sacrificing their personal time to ensure the wellbeing of others is beyond inspirational,” said Denise Damron, United Way executive director.
Janet is retired from Hannibal Regional after a 45-year career. Raymond is a retired farmer.
United Way’s Evening of Philanthropy celebrates individuals who live out the mission and vision of United Way in their own lives and work to make our community better.
In addition to the Taylors, the event will also honor Brad Kurz, Vickie Witthaus and Madi Weatherford, all of Hannibal.
The 2022 Evening of Philanthropy will be held at the barn of Beau & Company just outside of Palmyra.
Individuals are encouraged to join in on the celebration and can get their tickets at http://unitedwaymta.org/events or by calling the United Way at 573-221-2761.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served by the Rebel Pig at 7:15 p.m.
United Way’s 2022 Evening of Philanthropy is sponsored by Chariton Valley and Benson Financial.
The United Way of the Mark Twain Area works towards the mission, “to increase the capacity of people to care for one another.”
This is done by creating opportunities for individuals to give of their time and finances to local organizations that work to empower individuals to achieve their potential through education, financial stability, and healthy lives.