Humanitarian of the Year

Dr. Tricia Derges named 2018 Humanitarian

Portrait of Dr. Tricia Derges

Dr. Tricia Derges

Dr. Tricia Derges has been named the 2018 Humanitarian Award recipient for her work with Lift Up Someone Today, a medical mission for individuals and families in need.

She will be honored at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Bond Learning Center at the Darr Agricultural Center in Springfield. Tickets are $22 each and can be purchased online.

A mother of eight children, Derges began medical school when she was 52 years old. During her clinical training in Springfield, she observed patients who were unable to afford medical services despite access to clinics with sliding-scale fees. After participating in a medical mission trip to Nicaragua, she began a plan to create a similar service for residents of the Ozarks.

Derges established Lift Up Someone Today, a 501(c)3 medical mission, in 2014 with the goal of providing medical, dental and mental health care to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. The Lift Up Springfield clinic opened its doors in January 2016, expanding into a larger facility at 2005 E. Kearney St., earlier this year. The mission also operates low-fee clinics in Ozark and Branson, and has provided services to more than 18,000 individuals.

This year’s luncheon to honor the 2018 Humanitarian will take place at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Darr Agricultural Center, 2401 S. Kansas Expressway. The winner receives a $5,000 cash award, which he or she has traditionally donated to a favorite charity.

Recent honorees include the 2017 Humanitarians Dr. David and Linda Brown, for their work with the homeless through the Gathering Tree and Eden Village; 2016 Humanitarian Hearld Ambler, for his service providing tax preparation for seniors; and 2015 Humanitarian Kurt Larson, founder of Missouri Safe and Sober.

For more information, contact: Louise Knauer, Chief Operating Officer at the CFO, at (417) 864-6199.


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Past Humanitarian Award recipients:

2017 – Dr. David and Linda Brown, founders of the Gathering Tree and Eden Village, for their work with the homeless

2016 – Hearld Ambler, retired Managing Partner of BKD LLP, for his longtime work assisting seniors with paper and online tax preparation

2015 – Kurt Larson, Springfield attorney and founder of Safe and Sober Missouri anti-drug and -alcohol program for teens

2014 – Morey Mechlin, retired executive director of Care to Learn, advocacy on behalf of children

2013 – Shawn Askinosie, socially conscious entrepreneur and philanthropist

2012 – Randy Russell, advocate for the arts and children

2011 – Roseann Bentley, lifetime of community service

2010 – Doug Pitt, Care to Learn and efforts in Tanzania

2009 – Roger D. “Dusty” Shaw Jr. and William Shaw, work in Thomasville and Oregon County

2008 – Bill Stalnaker, Boys and Girls Club and The Kitchen

2007 – Marie Prater, The Kitchen Foundation

2006 – Pat Walker, Founders Park and Springfield beautification

2005 – Bill & Virginia Darr, Families for Children

2004 – Dr. Judith Gonzalez, Hand in Hand Ministries

2003 – Wade E. Palmer, Help Give Hope

2002 – Dr. John Bentley, Health needs of the underserved

2001 – Harold Bengsch, Springfield-Greene County Health Department

2000 – Judge Thomas Mountjoy, Teen Court

1999 – Paul & Cyndy Teas, Camp Barnabas

1998 – John Harp, Greene County Foster Program

1997 – Dr. Jim Blaine, Greene County Medical Society

1996 – E.E. “Johnny” Johnson, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mo

1995 – Rev. Dorsey Levell, Council of Churches of the Ozarks

1994 – Linda Duncan and Janie Brunette, Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program

1993 – Leonard Spellman, Children’s Shoe Bank/Kiwanis

1992 – Calvin Allen, Springfield Community Center

1991 – Sister Lorraine Biebel, The Kitchen

1990 – Mary Beth O’Reilly, Hospice