Volunteers honored at O’Fallon’s Volunteer Recognition Banquet
With nearly 2,500 volunteers donating a total of 20,000 hours to assist the city over the past year, O’Fallon showed appreciation for its volunteers at the 16th annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet.
In recognition of service on the city of O’Fallon’s boards and commissions, O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy named Stan Patton, current chairman of the city’s Board of Adjustment, O’Fallon’s “Volunteer of the Year.” For service benefiting the community and beyond Hennessy selected O’Fallon’s Chamber of Commerce as the city’s “Ambassadors of the Year.”
Additional awards were presented by Kathy Halstead, manager of the city’s Volunteer Services Department, and Volunteer Services Coordinator Alexis Jaegers, in recognition of volunteer efforts, hours, and other contributions in helping with city events, recreational programs, special projects and assisting city staff.
- The IMPACT Award was presented to Operation Homefront Missouri.
- The Family of the Year Award was given to the Ted and Beverly Richardson family.
- The 2012 Motivated Volunteer Professional (MVP) Award was presented to Ella Groene.
- The Team Excellence Award was presented to City Staff at the Renaud Spirit Center.
- Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were presented to individuals and groups based on service hours.
Gold (1,000+ hours): Alex Amend, Rebekah Davis, Carol Fears, Ella Groene and O’Fallon Police Explorers Post 2943.
Silver (500-999 hours): Bill Gardner, Wendell Jackson, Ava Skyers and Team O’Fallon
Bronze (200-499 hours): Jim David, Andrew Davis, Bob Leifeld, Don McCabe, Ed Murat, Nicolas Nunn-Faron, Mark Perkins, Karen Roberts, Lois Roberts, the Brian and Beth Davis family and their children (Rebekah, Andrew, Jonah, and Caleb), the O’Fallon Veterans Commission, and the Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade Committee.
“It is people like you who help make our city so successful,” Halstead told the volunteers. “You have literally put your heart, soul, and yes, some sweat into making sure that O’Fallon remains the great city that we have become.”