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Business Owner Receives 2014 Bridwell Humanitarian Award

Awards & Recognition

HANFORD – Dave Geide, the owner of Branch & Chambers, was honored with the Willard S. Bridwell Humanitarian Award on Wednesday, May 21.

The award, presented by the Kings Regional Health Foundation at its annual Donor Recognition Dinner, honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to meeting the humanitarian needs of the community. It’s named after the late Dr. Bridwell, who cared for the community for more than four decades through his medical practice, his church and community service. 

Geide has been on the Kings Regional Health Foundation board since 2004. He served as chairman for two years and now volunteers his time as a board member and is a sponsor at the annual Gala. Geide also served on the Chamber of Commerce board, the Hanford Improvement board, and the Main Street board for four terms, serving as president three times.

“Dave is perfect for the award because he has a full-time job, but he still finds time to give back to the community,” says Jill Caviezel-Hoots, director of Philanthropic Development for Adventist Health / Central Valley Network.

Geide bought Branch & Chambers in 1981, but the business has been around since 1934 and is a real fixture in the community. Over the years it’s been a gift store, book store, toy store and now furniture store. Geide says the best part about owning a business is interacting with his customers, but he says he never thought he’d be recognized for his work.

“I’ve been on the foundation board for years and looked at all the people who received this award,” says Geide, “and I’m humbled by the fact that I’m included in that group of people.”

Geide was awarded with a plaque. He will also be honored during the foundation’s Gala on September 25.