The Rev. L. Stephen Holzhalb, III, executive officer of Christwood Retirement Community, has won the fourth annual Dick Knight Award for the 50-plus years of nonprofit service he has given to the north shore.
The award is bestowed annually by the Northshore Community Foundation in honor of the late Richard F. “Dick” Knight, a beloved founding board member known for his authenticity and commitment to service, said Susan Bonnett Bourgeois, the foundation’s CEO.
“We honor Dick’s legacy by recognizing the tremendous vision, coupled with humility and steadfast leadership, that Father Steve Holzhalb has demonstrated throughout his long career,” she said. “His work ethic, his kindness, his determination and his faithfulness perfectly represent the spirit in which Dick lived his life.”
Holzhalb first proposed the idea of a north shore senior care facility in the early 1980s, and after decades of persistent work and fundraising, his vision became a reality when Christwood opened its doors in 1996.
He has served as executive officer of the Christwood facility for the last 17 years.
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He was also the driving force in the establishment and enrichment of numerous other nonprofits on the north shore, assisting in the formation of Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West and what is now known as the Northshore Food Bank, not to mention Christ Episcopal School, the largest Episcopal school in Louisiana.
“Father Steve has done so much to improve the quality of life on the north shore and has left his mark on so many who live in this region. His drive and devotion have been of great benefit to nonprofits in the area and to the many thousands of residents they serve,” said Paul Dennis, president of Christwood’s board.
Holzhalb received $5,000 in recognition of his vision and service to the nonprofit sector and the foundation.
The award recognizes nonprofit staff with significant tenure in service-based work and a body of successful accomplishments.