NEW PORT RICHEY — Betty Kempf’s decades of service to the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida her earned the Philanthropic Volunteer of the Year Award .
Association of Fundraising Professionals Nature Coast Chapter honored her during a National Philanthropy Day ceremony.
“Her volunteer commitment isn’t measured in dollars raised, but in the children’s hearts she’s touched,” Debra Golinski, director of development at the foundation, said. “The community is fortunate to have a volunteer like Betty who has dedicated her lifetime to service.”
With six nominees for the award, judges chose Kempf for more than 30 years of volunteer work with the Sertoma foundation.
Kempf was one of the first volunteers when Sertoma Speech & Hearing Center opened its doors in 1983 on Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey.
Now 87, she continues to volunteer in the office as well as coordinating the hearing aid Battery Give Away program that takes place four times a year and the used hearing aid collection program.
Her lengthy commitment has enabled Sertoma to provide service to thousands of children through the school hearing screening program provided by Sertoma. She participated in the screening for 12 years.
Children often view her as a loving grandparent with a warm smile and easy demeanor. Kempf is famous for the delicious baked goods she brings into the office or to hearing screenings.
A member of First Presbyterian Church of Port Richey for 28 years, Kempf coordinates activities of the Women’s Group for the church.
Long before her service to Sertoma, Kempf caught the volunteer spirit when she worked as a Girl Scout Leader in Ohio. She organized numerous cookie drives as a supporter of Girl Scouts for more than 25 years.
She and husband Bob raised nine children in addition to volunteering their talents to help children in the community.
Hearing loss is the most common birth defect nationally, Sertoma officials emphasize. Early detection and intervention is vital for an infant. For more information, go to the website at www.familyhearinghelp.org.