14th Annual Summer Hope Benefit Honoree
Ed Mouradian, Sr.
It is with a mixture of great pride and deep sadness that The Summer Hope Foundation has chosen Ed Mouradian, Sr. as our 2016 honoree at The 14th Annual Summer Hope Benefit. Ed Mouradian, a founding board member and driving force for the creation of The Summer Hope Foundation, passed away in January of 2016, leaving behind an incredible legacy with family, friends and those he touched through Summer Hope's cancer-fighting mission.
Ed had been a part of The Summer Hope Foundation since the start. As the father of our founder, he was part of the very first discussion about Summer Hope, when it was simply an idea about raising money for the American Cancer Society. It is because of his unwavering support that Summer Hope even exists, nonetheless, has evolved into the all-encompassing cancer-fighting organization it has become.
Ed's support of The Summer Hope Foundation has touched every aspect of our organization for the better, and his support of our mission and our board members has been integral to our organization for nearly 15 years. For example, at Summer Hope board meetings, he was uncharacteristically quiet, except when providing suggests that yielded impactful results, like his nomination of Doreen Levine to be our annual Summer Hope Benefit honoree in 2013.
In his professional life, Ed retired from a long, storied career at Videojet where, during his 30-plus years of service, he travelled the country and was a multi-year member of President's Club, the company's highest form of recognition for top performers.
In his retired life, although he struggled with health problems due to chronic heart disease, he still managed to enjoy life with his family and friends - and especially during his annual fishing trips to Campbell's Bay, VT with his life-long fishing buddies. In the final years of his life, he walked his daughter, Lola, down the aisle to see her married, enjoyed his summers "at the beach" with the great love of his life, Roxie, and welcomed into his arms and heart, his first granddaughter, Gabriella. He lived a full life of love, laughter and food - lots of food.
His Summer Hope Family is devastated by this enormous loss to our organization, and to our lives. Be we continue this fight in his memory, because he was so proud of this organization and the work we do for those who need it most. Above all else, Ed was kind, and we can think of no greater way to celebrate his kindness than by honoring him at our 14th Annual Summer Hope Benefit. We hope you will join us for a night where we will celebrate our fight against cancer, the only way Ed would want us to: With smiles on our faces and kindness in our hearts.