Thanks to everyone who attended HOTC’s 2nd Annual Cheers for Volunteers in honor of this year’s Hands On Heroes, and all the volunteers who lend a hand in our community (see picture gallery below). With more than 25 nominations, our committee selected the following to be recognized:
Individual (volunteers 18+ who serve independently in Thomas County)
Honorable Mention – Ms. Nancy Byars, Ms. Mindy Katz, Mr. Michael Thomas
Hands On Heroes Award Winner – Ms. Beverly Klocko
Chances are, if you attend a community event, Ms. Klocko is on hand as a volunteer, especially if there is a costume involved! She has volunteered for Rainbow Reading Center, Hand In Hand, Downtown Thomasville, and is a Volunteer Ambassador for HOTC. If there is a need, all you have to do is ask, and you can be she will be there to lend a hand (even if her foot is in a cast!). We are thankful for her service.
Student (youth in grades 6-9 in Thomas County)
Honorable Mention – Mr. Jacob Bruhn, Ms. Maria Dunbar, Ms. Isabella Grayson
Hands On Heroes Award Winner – Mr. Tommy Williams
Tommy is a 10th grader at Thomasville High School who comes to us through the Marguerite Neel Williams Boys & Girls Club where he is both a member and an active volunteer, giving back to the very organization that has given so much to him. At the BGC, he tutors and mentors other youth, coaches youth basketball, cleans The Teen Center, and unloads the Second Harvest food truck. He is a wonderful role model for all. As the student winner, Tommy was the recipient of a $500 Bobbie Flowers Quiet Leader Scholarship.
Group (businesses, organizations and civic clubs in Thomas County)
Honorable Mention – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority/Thomasville Chapter, Stony Creek Landscaping, Student Athletes of Thomas University
Hands On Hero Award Winner – Virtuous Girls Group of Meigs
The Virtuous Girls Group exhibits the true spirit of service to ones own community. Comprised of girls ages 4 to high school, led by adult mentors, the Virtuous Girls seek to address needs in their hometown by partnering with area non-profits, and by creating their own grassroots projects and events to make their community better for everyone. Volunteer projects have included Sewing 4 Service Manna Drops, an annual literacy fair, collection drives, neighborhood clean ups and more.
For more information on Hands On Heroes, or to submit a nomination for 2016 (nominations accepted year-round), click here.
Thank you to Board Member Mary Lawrence Lang for photos, Bobbie Flowers Quiet Leader Scholarship Fund, Jay Flowers for the awesome custom awards, Everfan for the super hero capes, Reunion Resorts for the weekend getaway presented to the Individual winner; Diamond Level Sponsors Mr. & Mrs. Clint Kadel, Mrs. Diane W. Parker, and Dr. & Mrs. Philip C. Watt; and everyone who lends a hand every day!