Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Dedicated Volunteer Commits $1 Million to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Portland
George Ruhberg, center, has committed $1 million to the Portland Shriners Hospital. "I'm doing it for the kids," he says.
“I like doing a favor,” he says simply. “I’m doing it for the kids.”
George T. Ruhberg may be the king of understatement. His “favor” is an incredible one. Mr. Ruhberg recently committed $1 million to the Portland Shriners Hospital in his will.
A long time volunteer at the Portland Hospital, Mr. Ruhberg is deeply involved in the community. As a Mason, member of the Scottish Rite and a Shriner, service is an integral part of his life. In addition to volunteering at Shriners Hospitals, he’s also volunteered with Meals on Wheels, taught school children to read and currently lends his time to the local Veterans Hospital.
“I’m a Mason, and I believe in charity,” says Mr. Ruhberg. “I practice the code of Masonry, and I like to help people.”
Mr. Ruhberg’s call to serve also influenced his career choices. He served his country as a Marine for 26 years. After his time with the Marine Corps, he was employed as an accountant and often prepared taxes free of charge for those in need.
When asked why he devotes his time to the Portland Shriners Hospital, he jokes that he “got tired of playing golf.” The staff at the hospital are glad he put down his 9-iron to join their ranks as a hospital guide. Colleagues say Mr. Ruhberg is always smiling and in great spirits -- a perfect ambassador for the hospital.
“I make people feel comfortable, show them around and let then know what the hospital can offer them and their families," he explains. "Shriners Hospitals for Children is a fine organization.”
Mr. Ruhberg is especially proud of how fiscally responsible Shriners Hospitals for Children is with the donations they receive. It’s a fact he’s happy to share with those he shows around the hospital and those who commend him on his incredibly generous gift.
“Ninety percent of all donations go to the hospital and the children,” he says. “Every bit makes a difference.”