Blog Articles

Return To Blog

And the Award Goes to ...

The Ed Heigl Award recognizes team members who go above and beyond outside of their Spectrum community.


The Ed Heigl Award seeks to honor those who are the best among us at following in Ed’s footsteps of serving their non-work community. 

Ed started with Spectrum Retirement 2008 as the executive director of Crestview Senior Living. In 2012, Ed was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in his liver and GI tract. While going through aggressive cancer treatment, Ed would continue to support his favorite volunteer organizations. 

In 2015, Ed finally lost his battle to cancer but his legacy continues to live on through all people who dedicate their lives to the service of others. This award seeks to identify those team members within our Spectrum family who spend their time outside of work sacrificially serving others. 

This year’s Ed Heigl Award winner is Ree Hazelett, director of resident care, at Lombard Place Assisted Living & Memory Care in Lombard, Illinois. 

Ree holds herself to the highest standard of excellence and is consistently pushing others to strive for a new level of excellence as well. Within her Spectrum community, she consistently identifies team members showing strengths and offers them opportunities for growth, challenging them with stretch-assignments to promote their growth. 

The single mother of two carries her legacy of love and caring outside of Spectrum through her charitable contributions. She has been involved with animal rescues, she opens her home as an emergency foster home to infants and small children and serves on the committee to help find homes for these children. She has organized at least three fundraisers for a local police officer, Tim Jones, who was critically wounded while apprehending an armed offender. She also serves on a committee called Officer Down in which she provides meals and family support to the families of policemen and women injured in the line of duty. 

Ree’s efforts benefit MorningStar Mission, Department of Children and Family Services, #TimStrong, Officer Down committee and other organizations as well as individuals. As the winner of the Ed Heigl Award, Spectrum Retirement Communities will donate $2,500 to the charity of Ree’s choice. 

Other finalists for this prestigious award were John Shoff, memory care life enrichment coordinator at Palos Verdes Senior Living, Peoria, Arizona, and Montell Donaby, cook at Shawnee Hills Senior Living in Shawnee, Kansas. For each finalist, Spectrum Retirement Communities will donate $1,000 to the charity of their choice.