Outstanding volunteer teams and individuals were recognized April 24 at the 27th annual BB&T Volunteer of the Year Awards at the Bob Kirby Branch of the Warren County Public Library. The following individuals and groups were recognized for their service.
This award recognizes individuals who excel in quality, length and spirit of service to others. Ernie Phelps began volunteering at New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding (NBTR) in 2008 and is instrumental in helping NBTR achieve its mission of providing therapeutic horse-riding lessons to individuals with behavioral, mental, and physical disabilities. NBTR’s jack-of-all-trades, Ernie comes in early to feed, water, and muck 12 horses. He hauls hay and feed, repairs fences, and does what needs to be done to help make NBTR successful. He often stays to help the disabled riders.
This award recognizes groups who work together to provide service in the community. Utilizing the kitchen at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Saturday Meals program provides some 300 nutritious meals to persons in need each Saturday. Using donated summer produce and ingredients purchased through Feeding America and local grocery stores, Saturday Meals volunteers prepare the hot meals and deliver them throughout the community. The recipients of these free meals are low-income individuals and families, including many shut-ins. Saturday Meals has also begun preparing meals for some homeless persons in Bowling Green.
This award recognizes an individual or group who is new to volunteering, starting their service with an organization during the last 24 months. Though only a teenager, Presley Nash has a list of volunteer achievements that few adults can match. She collects and donates items to children in foster care, bakes cookies for CASA bake sales, volunteers at the Kiwanis Club’s ThunderFest, and makes and sells bracelets to benefit a children’s hospital. Perhaps her most impressive volunteer activity is creating Presley’s Promise Homeless Outreach, forgoing her own Christmas gifts so she can donate to the homeless. She continues to help the homeless through the Salvation Army, Room in the Inn, and other organizations.
This award recognizes an organization or business that merits special recognition for volunteer service in the community. Chick-fil-A in Bowling Green has assisted many community organizations through donations of food or money. Among the events and organizations that Chick-fil-A has assisted: Community Education’s Spellabration, Empty Bowls, Teen Angel Donation Blast, Run/Walk for Children, and Leadership Bowling Green.
Other outstanding volunteers recognized at the event include Anice Bishop, Judy Cothern, Vivian Foe, Eloise Hadden, Amy Milliken, Ed Moody, K.C. Moody, Jimmy Nyunt, Celebration Cakes Ministry, Houchens Center Board, SKyPAC Ambassadors, Starbucks on Scottsville Road, Beth Fiss, Greenwood High School Action Team, Judy Sampson, and Adaline Wakefield. Volunteers in Action is made up of a core group of diverse agencies and organizations that rely on the dedication and commitment of community volunteers. For more information on VIA or the VIA Volunteer of the Year Awards, contact Debi Wade Jordan at (270) 842-4281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Education, Bowling Green High School Youth Services Center and Natcher Elementary Family Resource Center sponsored the 12th annual Summer Activities Fair on the evening of Tuesday, April 26 on the concourse of the Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Hot Rods. The purpose of the fair is to provide parents with children in grades k-12 a one-stop shop opportunity for information on the activities, camps, or other programs offered during the summer in our community. This was the first time the event was held at Bowling Green Ballpark, and participation was higher than ever. More than 400 visitors attended, topping last year’s total of 367, which was the previous high.
The fair included information on a wide variety of summer activity opportunities, including academics, art, aviation, cooking, dance, martial arts, music, police, reading, various sports, volunteer opportunities and much, much more.
With this year’s event being held at Bowling Green Ballpark for the first time, those visiting the fair had the opportunity to receive free admission to that night’s Bowling Green Hot Rods baseball game against the Clinton LumberKings.
The Hill-Arious Spellerz team from Hill’s Pet Nutrition won the 11th annual Community Education Spellabration event February 19th at the Sloan Convention Center, beating WBKO Television’s WBKObi-wan-Kenobees team in the final round of the Star Wars-themed event. The annual fundraiser, described as a party with an adult spelling bee in the middle, was sponsored by Graves Gilbert Clinic and Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Tony Rose of WDNS-FM radio served as Master of Ceremonies and Alan Palmer was again the word reader in an event billed as “Spell Wars”.
The 11 teams and guests were treated to a variety of foods donated by local restaurants, and they were able to browse and bid on dozens of silent auction items in this event that raises funds for Community Education’s school-age programs for children in the Bowling Green and Warren County school systems.
In addition to Hill’s and WBKO, other Spellabration winners were honored. The Best Costume Award went to the spELPO team from the English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley law firm, the Best Table Decoration Award went to the Spellunkers team from Lost River Cave, and the Most Spirited Award went to the Dewey Decibels team from the Warren County Public Library.
The five winners of the Spellabration 2016 Art Contest were recognized during the Spellabration event held February 19th at the Sloan Convention Center. This year, students were asked to submit artwork depicting animals or scenes from Kentucky Down Under. The winners of the art contest, which is sponsored by US Bank, will have their artwork printed on notecards that will be sold at Kentucky Down Under.
This year’s winners: Liz DeMarse, a Drakes Creek Middle School eighth grader; Bosco Tuyisenge, a Henry F. Moss Middle School eighth grader; Harley Wilson, a Lost River Elementary School sixth grader; Hayden Wolf, a North Warren Elementary School third grader; and Addison Rosado, a Jody Richards Elementary School first grader.
All winners had their artwork on display at Spellabration, and the art will be displayed for two weeks at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
Community Education offers snow day programs but pre-registration is required. Call the office at 270-842-4281 for more information.