Bill Berned

2008 Volunteer Excellence Award Recipient

Bill Berned has been an outstanding individual fundraiser and leader for the American Lung Association of Maryland since 1998.  His original connection and interest with the association began when his father passed due to lung disease. Bill is known to be a creative fundraiser who is passionate about spreading the word about the latest programs and events of the American Lung Association.  Bill uses his highly social job as a United Parcel Service delivery-man to personally encourage and educate others of the mission of the American Lung Association.  On a daily basis Bill takes on the responsibility to carry and distribute ALA literature. 

Bill and his family have consistently participated in the Chesapeake Bay Asthma Ride for over 10 years. He has served as team captain for his bike team, 'Pigz on Bikes,' which has led the Asthma Ride for the last few years. Bill is credited in raising more than $75,000 for this event.  Each year he speaks at the American Lung Association of Maryland's Crab Feast Awards Diner and encourages other teams to strive to match his team's accomplishments. Most recently Bill challenged other teams to beat 'Pigz on Bikes,' with the incentive that his team will personally serve the winning team dinner at the next Crab Feast.

Through Bill's efforts the American Lung Association of Maryland has been able to continue to provide fun and educational camps for kids with asthma and begin to spread the news of the Open Airways for Schools program throughout the state.  Bill's fundraising efforts have made it possible for hundreds of children to learn methods to assist them in controlling their asthma. He has turned his connection to lung disease and his event participation into an accomplishment that his peers can relate to.

All of the staff at the American Lung Association of Maryland describes Bill Berned as an incredible volunteer and a great individual to work with.  He has shown to be a top notch fundraiser who puts the FUN in fundraising. He has truly inspired those around him.