2002 – Boca Raton, Florida
Countess Henrietta de Hoernle was born in Germany and moved to the United States in 1930 where she immediately became an active volunteer in her community. She not only donates needed funds, but gives her time and expertise as well. She has received over 230 awards, many of which are on display at the Boca Raton Historical Society, from multiple charitable organizations. Countess de Hoernle has served on numerous Boards of Directors throughout her charitable lifetime and currently serves on sixteen in the Palm Beaches area. Among them, the Boca Raton Museum, Caldwell Theatre Company, Center of the Arts, Habilitation Center for the Handicapped, Humanitarian Society and the Y.M.C.A. of Boca Raton. After moving to Florida in 1981, Countess de Hoernle and her husband, Count Adolph de Hoernle, became avid supporters of the Boca Raton community and outlying areas. They have contributed support to over 140 organizations including Boca Raton Community Hospital, Red Cross, Hospice, The Habilitation Center, St. John’s Hospital for Rehabilitation, Mae Volen Senior Center, The Haven, St. Joan of Arc School, Lynn University, Florida Atlantic University, as well as many other worthy causes and programs. “The need is always there. To channel it to the most needy has been a difficult task, for I enjoy being able to give a helping hand to all in need. But then, that’s what my life is all about,” says this most energetic and inspirational woman. Henrietta de Hoernle, arts and education advocate, volunteer leader extraordinaire and humanitarian has rightly been called “a living legend” by her many friends and admirers. Countess de Hoernle was recently honored with the Northwood Honorary Doctorate.