2013 R Baby Hero: Marcel Herbst
R Baby Board Member for 5years
Andrew and I will never forget first meeting Marcel
By the end of the 15-minute van ride, we knew for sure that Marcel
was a well-rounded, intelligent, witty person.
We knew that his
kind and genuine demeanor ensured that he
meant what he
said and did what he
As our conversations continued after this first night, we both knew he
would be a great addition to R Baby Foundation
During our conversation, we shared our story with him.
We discovered that Marcel
has a similarly harrowing tale in his
Before our ride was over, he
committed "on the spot" to helping us in any way that he
And that is exactly what he
has done ever since!
immediately and effectively started connecting us to other philanthropic sources, donors, many business contacts, and volunteers.
As a truly kindred spirit to our cause, he
set out to help in any way he
could so that other families could benefit from improved healthcare for infants.
Gratefully, he agreed to join our Executive Board.
gave, and continues to give, valuable advice at every meeting and whenever we need it.
not only comes up with strategic ideas throughout the year, he
is also willing to roll up his
sleeves and do the work to make it happen.
A great example of this was in 2010 when Marcel
decided to throw a holiday party in honor of R Baby
The "Jingle Ball 2010" brought hundreds of new and current R Baby supporters together, and created many advocates and long term relationships.
As the driving force, he
sought to push the event through efficiently and effectively.
And that he
The event was sold-out with more than 500 people gathered to support us, raising a significant sum.
A testament to Marcel's value to our organization is that event happened less than 10 days after he
brought up the idea.
More recently, in 2012, he
was one of our event chairs for R Baby's 5 Year Anniversary Gala at the Plaza Hotel, and he
supported it with dozens of participants and many unique auction items and sponsorships.
wife Ilona also committed her
passion and energy to the cause and invited many participants, while his
son Nate asked his
teacher to do a mail-shot throughout the Greenwich school system.
is helping us mentor a new Swiss baby charity, Foundation Marisa Sophie (see next spread) showing again how willing he
is to put his
expertise and amazing hard work toward our cause when unique opportunities present themselves.
Promoting R Baby
is never far from his
mind as he
meets new people, and he
quickly converts them to support our cause.
is a generous, self-less person, a valuable, productive Board Member, and we are honored to call him our friend.