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Volunteer Spotlight: Bill Murray

September 4, 2017
GBMC is fortunate to have nearly 500 dedicated volunteers in the healthcare system that are part of the Volunteer Auxiliary. In addition to contributing more than 100,000 service hours annually (which has a monetary value, based on the Independent Sector, of approximately $2 million), they also raise more than $500,000 annually through events like the Nearly New Sale, monthly vendor sales and sales at GBMC's Corner Shop, all of which are entirely run by volunteers.

Bill Murray is the new president of the Volunteer Auxiliary Board, which is a 15-member group of volunteers who oversees request for funds that impact patient care. One recent example is the Volunteer Auxiliary's recent five-year pledge of $1 million to the Kroh Center for Digestive Disorders expansion.

It is a special group and, as you will see, Bill is a great individual to take over leading the charge through 2019.
Bill Murray - Auxiliary President
GBMC Volunteer Auxiliary President, Bill Murray

How did you get involved volunteering?
My late wife was here for a doctor's appointment. I was walking through the lobby and I saw the pianos so I started asking questions as to what are those pianos for, which led me to Joe Hart (Director of Spiritual Support Services). I auditioned and became a volunteer. You can find me playing somewhere at GBMC on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

Why playing the piano?
I was in the commercial banking business for 35 years, and 15 years ago I decide to explore a new direction in my life and I went back to school (at Towson University) and I got two degrees in music. At the same time I was doing that, I taught e-marketing courses in the business school at Towson. The music has just been a passion of mine for my whole life.

How did you get involved in the leadership side of volunteering?
Three years ago, Jim Albrecht, who was the president of the Volunteer Auxiliary at that time, approached me to discuss the possibility of my interest in becoming the president.

My wife received excellent care at GBMC for seven years and this was a way for me to pay back to some extent.

Also, I'm currently on the board of Baltimore Center Stage, the Towson University Foundation Board, the University System of Maryland Foundation board, and am president of the Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society so I've done a number of volunteer activities and I enjoy doing them.

What do you love about volunteering at GBMC?
This is perfect volunteering for me. I enjoy being around people who have a passion for what they do and GBMC employees and volunteers certainly have that.

I'm a great believer in music therapy and the power of music and what it can do for people. Like today, I had two ladies sitting out in the lobby, and it clearly gave them some relaxation. I hear that all the time so that makes me feel good.

I'm a great believer in music therapy and the power of music and what it can do for people. GBMC has provided me with an opportunity to use music to hopefully make a difference in how people feel. From feedback I have received when I am playing, this certainly seems to be happening. I know music has made a big difference in my life.
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