Gelon and Alice Jane Wasdin were introduced by their life-long friend, Mary Covington, as the Honorary Chairs of the 2011 Magnolia Ball at the kick-off reception on Jan. 20. Gelon has served on the board at Tanner Medical Foundation since 1993. He is currently the treasurer of the board and chair of the Finance Committee. He was a CPA for 24 years and she was a speech pathologist. They are both now retired … on days that he does not go to work.
Gelon also serves as an advisor and investment manager for a number of area companies. He is quiet, humble and unassuming, but dedicated, dependable and committed. Alice Jane was last year’s Bremen Junior Women’s Club volunteer of the year. She is very active with the local Ferst Foundation, mailing age-appropriate books to pre-school children. She is a long-time contributor to and supporter of the annual Tanner Hospice Care bake sale.
Gelon and Alice Jane share a love of travel. Overall they have visited 28 different countries. Their 29-year-old daughter, Katherine, is a graduate of Brown University, has a Ph.D. from Yale and is currently a Latin and Greek Classics professor at Rutgers.
The Wasdins are our first Honorary Chairs from Bremen. As a 7-year-old, Gelon remembers attending the grand opening of Higgins General Hospital. When it seemed that Higgins might be forced to close its doors years ago, Gelon was instrumental in making sure those doors stayed open. Serving as Honorary Chairs of the 2011 Magnolia Ball is a fitting tribute to the Wasdins for their many years of community service.