The PCH Board of Directors voted to establish the “Bill and Martha Todd Leadership Award” in memory of co-developer, William N. Todd, St., and in honor of his loving wife and co-developer, Martha S. Todd who was named President Emeritus in December 2016. This prestigious award will be presented each year to recognize the servant leadership of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding devotion and support to the Peachtree Christian Hospice mission.
The first of this annual award was presented at the Benefit Gala on April 25, 2017 to Dr. Joseph Henry Barnes and his beloved late wife, Mrs. Mary Woodall Barnes
longtime friends and generous supporters of Peachtree Christian Hospice. In 1999, as active members of Peachtree Christian Church serving on the original Hospice Working Committee, Joe and Mary were instrumental in the creation and development of PCH. With their medical backgrounds, Mary, a nurse, and Joe, a doctor, they offered a clinical perspective and were especially helpful with the feasibility study and hospice site visits as they accompanied co-developers, Bill and Martha Todd. Joe was a charter member of the PCH Board of Directors, a capacity in which he continues to serve. In addition, he served as Vice-President of the corporation, as well as a member of the PCH Public Relations, Finance, Compensation, and Strategic Planning Committees.
Throughout the years, Mary and Joe’s support of PCH never waned, and they remained very active volunteer leaders who have had a profound impact on the viability of PCH. Their tireless and continued leadership on the PCH Gala Committee engendered the grand success of each year’s gala, as they took the lead with procuring sponsors and table hosts for this important fundraising event. After the passing of Bill Todd in January 2013, Mary and Joe remained steadfast in their support of Martha Todd and the vital community ministry that has served over 10,500 hospice patients to date.
Sadly, Mary passed away on April 29, 2016. In her memory, Joe and his family graciously supported the creation of the PCH Veterans Memorial Garden with a beautiful monument dedicated in her name.
We are deeply grateful for the friendship and servant leadership of Dr. Joseph Henry and Mrs. Mary Woodall Barnes. The Board of Directors is pleased to recognize their dedication to the Peachtree Christian Hospice mission and present them with the first annual “Bill and Martha Todd Leadership Award”.