Night of Thanks

Thank you to all who joined us for Breathe New Hampshire's 2017 Night of Thanks on Thursday, November 2nd!

Our accomplishments would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of our volunteers  and supporters who have championed our mission to eliminate lung disease and improve the quality of life for those living with lung disease in New Hampshire.  


2017 Kerr Award Recipient

Arthur G. Robins, MD

Pictured left to right:  Lynn K. Friedel, Board Chair, Arthur G. Robins MD, Robert B. Kerr Award Recipient, Albee L. Budnitz MD, Board Member, and Daniel Fortin, President & CEO of Breathe NH

2017 Volunteer of the Year 

Louise Hobden

Pictured left to right:  Lynn K. Friedel, Board Chair, Louis Hobden, Donald L. Frost Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award Recipient, and Shirley Frost, Award Presenter


About the Awards

The Robert B. Kerr Award

Dr.-Kerr.jpgEstablished in 1966, the Robert B. Kerr Award is Breathe New Hampshire's highest honor, named in recognition of our founder, Dr. Robert Brown Kerr. Dr. Kerr was a dedicated physician who led our organization as its Executive Director from 1916 to 1966. 

The Kerr Award is awarded annually to a New Hampshire person who has consistently demonstrated a selfless professional or personal commitment to furthering lung health in the region for five or more years. Courage of conviction is one important consideration. Other considerations include creativity, innovation, and pioneering approaches to improving respiratory health. Previous winners have been selected from the inter-related disciplines of medicine, education, the arts, public service, and religion.

Each fall the Kerr Award Selection Committee welcomes nominations of individuals who meet the award criteria. The committee carefully considers all letters of nomination. The selected individual is announced at Breathe New Hampshire's Night of Thanks. 

The Donald L. Frost Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award

donfrost.jpgThe late Donald Frost served as a board member and a longtime volunteer of Breathe New Hampshire. As someone living with COPD, he consistently strove to help fulfill the Breathe New Hampshire mission of eliminating lung disease and improving the quality of life for those living with lung disease in New Hampshire. 

This prestigious award is presented by Shirley Frost at our Night of Thanks celebration and is given to Breathe New Hampshire volunteers who possess the strength of character and dedication to Breathe NH and the Granite State exemplified by Don.