Long-time Lincoln City community leader Lee Freed, owner of the Freed Gallery, has been named the North Lincoln Hospital (NLH) Foundation Volunteer of the Year for her tireless efforts to build a permanent home for the Samaritan Early Learning Center.
Freed’s passion for children and education drove her to the NLH Foundation’s campaign to build a new Samaritan Early Learning Center.
“These kids are going to enter our public school system with their best foot forward,” Freed said. “And they’re going to impact the other students around them. The Samaritan Early Learning Center is going to make a big difference in our local education system.”
In addition to personally donating to the campaign, Freed also found some highly creative ways to help. She worked with a local muralist, Krista Eddy, to paint gorgeous themed murals in each room of the SELC (Freed admits that her favorite room is the one she picked the theme for: butterflies). Freed also hosted a piano concert at her gallery, with the proceeds benefiting the campaign.
Freed was presented with the award at the foundation’s donor dinner, an annual event to honor and recognize the generosity of donors for making meaningful contributions to the NLH Foundation.
The NLH Foundation was founded in 1983 as the fundraising organization for the North Lincoln Health District. The mission of the foundation is to “promote good will toward and encourage support of Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for the health and well-being of the community.” All foundation assets are dedicated to the purchase of capital equipment, patient care programs, expansion, or remodeling of physical plant, educational programs or to other purposes deemed appropriate by the health district and the foundation’s board of directors.