MedShare’s Mary Bersot Named Volunteer of the Year Finalist

Our own Mary Bersot, Trustee & Western Regional Council Chair, has been named a finalist for the 2011 Community Leadership Awards presented by The Invest in Others Charitable Foundation and InvestmentNews. The recipient will be announced at the group’s fifth annual awards ceremony in New York on September 14 to honor financial advisors who make a difference in their communities. Bersot was among three finalists selected in the “Volunteer of the Year” category. Invest in Others will make a charitable donation to each of the finalists’ charity of choice.

Mary has been involved with MedShare since 2008, when we expanded to Northern California. Her leadership and fundraising efforts were instrumental in making this expansion successful during a recession, and she continues to build community awareness of our mission to responsibly recover and redistribute surplus medical supplies to those in need around the world. Recently, Bersot spearheaded a project to sponsor a container of medical supplies and equipment that was sent to the Kingdom of Tonga in April, 2011.

InvestmentNews featured a wonderful article on their site about Mary that we wanted to share with you:

2011 Community Leadership Awards Finalists


Mary Bersot

MedShare may not be a household name yet, but Mary Bersot is striving to fix that. 

The Georgia-based organization collects surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, medical distribution companies and individuals. It then solicits donations to ship them to impoverished health care facilities in the developing world and free clinics in the United States. 

Since 2008 Ms. Bersot, chief executive of Bersot Capital Management LLC in Mill Valley, Calif., (primary custodian Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services) has led the effort to expand MedShare’s resources beyond Georgia by leasing a warehouse in California. The organization currently collects medical surplus from 60 hospitals in the two states. 

In the past 18 months, Ms. Bersot has raised $100,000 to help fund shipments of supplies to Haiti and American Samoa for earthquake and tsunami relief, respectively. She also secured a $270,000 in-kind donation of medical supplies and recruited high-level community leaders to promote awareness of MedShare on the West Coast. 

“For me, it was a very easy decision to get involved in MedShare, because I’ve witnessed the primitive condition of clinics in Africa,”; Ms. Bersot said. 

“I believe that providing better quality medical care for the underserved here and internationally is critical for a healthy world,”; she said.

Mary and her husband, Tom, are headed to New York on Tuesday for this special event. Please join us in wishing Mary the best in the comments section below! For more information, you can read our press release here.