The night of November 4, 1990, changed Bill Couch’s life forever. While driving to work, another driver struck his car head on. He suffered a closed-head injury as well as bodily injury and was never the same again. He was unable to return to his job with an environmental engineering company and had to move in with his parents.
Despite these set-backs, Bill was determined to lead a full life. “The doctors told me to be happy just sitting in a chair looking out the window. I felt lucky to be alive and wanted to do more than just sit around.” Bill became a community volunteer for many of St. Louis’ favorite charities such as Cardinals Care, Stray Rescue and St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation to name just a few.
A couple of years ago, Bill attended the Center’s Gray Matters Trivia Night. He felt an instant affinity for our mission and offered his services. He currently serves on our Golf Tournament Committee and Board of Directors and is a source of many good fundraising ideas. “I call Bill the ‘Idea Man’. Because he has been so involved in the nonprofit community, he has experience with many types of events and fundraising strategies. He knows what works and what doesn’t and he knows a lot of people. We are lucky to have him involved with the Center, “said Sue Kaiser, Director of Development.
Adds Bill, “The Center provides wonderful services to people like me. I can’t write a big check but I can contribute ideas and share what I know. I’ve been fortunate to have had many years with my family and to be around for my 11 nieces and nephews. Not everyone who’s been in a horrible car accident can say that. I really enjoy giving back.”