Adrian, left, and Sierra, right, with Auxiliary President Ann Gimbert.

Adrian, left, and Sierra, right, with Auxiliary President Ann Gimbert.

Ann Gimbert was controller for Roof Engineering when she had the opportunity to choose a charity for the company to support. She selected St. Mary’s Home, which she knew about from living in the area. “I was very impressed with all I heard about the Home,” she said.

That was about five years ago. Roof Engineering has continued to support the children and young adults and has been a sponsor of the Auxiliary Board of St. Mary’s annual Gala and Auction.

Ann since has retired and, looking for an opportunity to give back to the community, she joined the Auxiliary Board about two years ago. In 2016, she was elected president.

“I believe very much in the Board’s commitment to St. Mary’s,” Ann said. “The Board’s mission is to support the children. It’s all about the children, and I don’t think you can have a better mission or a better goal than that.”

Ann worked in construction accounting for 40 years and served as president of the Tidewater chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., Ann and her husband of six years, Cliff, now call Virginia Beach home. She has two sons and two granddaughters. Ann, who is of Italian descent, travels to Italy almost every year to visit a friend who lives in Rome.

Ann said she especially enjoys the camaraderie of the Auxiliary Board. As president, she’s looking to bring in some new members and to make the Board’s Gala even more successful.

Save the date: Please join us on April 1, 2017, at 6 p.m. for the Auxiliary Board’s Gala and Auction, at the Peter G. Decker Jr. Half Moone Center, 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk. For more information about the Gala or about the Auxiliary Board, contact: Mary Helen Hilton, (757) 446-6793 or mhilton@smhdc.org.

Eds note: A version of this article originally appeared in the Winter 2016-2017 issue of our Journeys newsletter. You can read that issue and others on our website here

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