Diabetes Youth Services is excited to highlight 2020 Connection Gala Honorary Chair Terry Bossert. Terry will be recognized as DYS’s Honorary Chair at the 2020 Connection Gala on November 13th. Terry has a passion for helping others, especially children. Terry discovered and took interest in Diabetes Youth Services (DYS) when he came across the organization while reading a magazine one day. Terry thought the organization was important, unique and very interesting. One of his passions is helping local organizations that work specifically to benefit children. After reading about DYS, Terry approached DYS’s Executive Director and asked if he could give a charitable gift annuity (CGA) to the organization. At the time, DYS did not have a CGA program, but once Terry asked, DYS made it happen.Terry hopes to leave a positive legacy behind with DYS and loves that the organization supports local children. When past Executive Director Beth Ruf approached Terry at his 80th birthday party about being awarded Honorary Chair for the 2020 DYS Connection Gala, he was so surprised. Terry exclaimed, “It absolutely blue my mind when Beth approached me about becoming honorary chair for DYS. It was a huge honor for me.”
Terry was born and raised in the south end of Toledo and graduated from Libbey High School. He has 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Terry has had three 20-year careers throughout his life. His first job was an agent and manager of Credential Insurance Company. He then became a school bus driver for Perrysburg schools and his retirement job was in courier services for ProMedica. Terry is highly active with many organizations such as The Toledo Zoo; Toledo Ronald McDonald House where he runs the aluminum tab program; Lourdes University; and the Abilities Center. He just recently got involved in Habitat for Humanity sponsoring one of their playhouses. Among being involved in a wide variety of local organizations, he was a volunteer firefighter for 25 years and was awarded an honorary member of Toledo Fire Station #7. Terry has sat on the board of directors for Toledo Firefighter Museum for 31 years and was recently awarded honorary member of the Lourdes University Alumni Association. He is only the second person to receive this honor. He now lives in Maumee and is a part of the Maumee Panther Pride Foundation.
Join us November 13th from 7:30 – 8:30 pm at our Virtual Connection Gala to watch Terry receive his award and to support DYS programs, camps, and school support. DYS thanks Terry for all his hard work and dedication to the Organization and knows he was the perfect fit to be awarded such an honor.