Shriners Hospital Volunteer Recognized for Exceptional Service
Harry Norman is affectionately known throughout Northern California Shriners Hospital as Hare Bear the Clown. Every Thursday rain or shine, Hare Bear can be found greeting families as they arrive for their clinic appointments.
Photo courtesy of Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Shriners Hospital volunteer Harry Norman was recently awarded the Doug Busath Lifetime Achievement Award at the Northern California hospital’s volunteer recognition ceremony. The award is named in honor of Doug Busath, who volunteered in the hospital’s Central Activity Area for 10 years after his grandson was treated at Shriners for severe burn injuries sustained in an automobile accident. The award is presented annually to a hospital volunteer to honor dedication, commitment, and joyful service to patients, families, and the entire hospital community.
Mr. Norman, winner of the 2015 lifetime achievement award, is affectionately known throughout the hospital as Hare Bear the Clown. Every Thursday rain or shine, Hare Bear can be found greeting families as they arrive for their clinic appointments. On his volunteer days, he gets up at 4:30 a.m. to put on his clown face so he can arrive at the hospital by 7:45 a.m. He has volunteered at the Northern California Shriners Hospital since it opened in April 1997, contributing more than 5,300 hours to the hospital clinic and thousands of hours in the community supporting both Shriners and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“When I retired, I knew I wanted an active role in the Shrine, and the best way of doing that was to be part of the clown brigade,” said Mr. Norman, who has been a Shriner for over 20 years. “I love to see the looks on children’s faces when they see Hare Bear the Clown. If I can be a happy distraction for them, all the better,” he said.
When Mr. Norman decided to become a Shriner clown, he said it was easy to come up with a clown name. As a term of endearment, his wife Edna nicknamed him Hare Bear years ago. Now, it is a name that endears him to many of the children who come to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California. To those who know Mr. Norman, aka Hare Bear, his heart is even bigger than his clown shoes.
Source: Shriners Hospitals for Children, Northern California