Volunteers were recognized for their unselfish and generous gifts of time and talents at the annual Salvation Army Volunteer Appreciation Banquet Thursday night at the Celebration Center, 1701 W. 32nd Street.
“These are people who put in a lot of hours and do an excellent job. I don’t know anybody who volunteers for us and does a bad job,” commented Maj. Mark Haslett.
Haslett thanked all the Salvation Army volunteers, but singled out close to two dozen individuals for outstanding service over the past year.
One of the award recipients, Sue Foster, noted that “the Salvation Army is an army of volunteers, and you enable our mission.” Some may only put in an hour or a day at a time, but it really adds up, “because if you weren’t putting in that (time), we wouldn’t be doing these projects. So you are the Salvation Army, and we couldn’t do it without you,” she said to the volunteers upon receiving her award.
Guest speaker for the evening was Maj. Jim Caster (ret.) from Harrisonville, while Grace Perez provided beautiful music.
A list of winners follows:
Volunteer of the Year — Lance Gardner; Officer’s Choice Award — Sue Foster; Summer Food Volunteer — Janiece Dollinger; Volunteer Bell Ringer — Doug Grandfield; Group Bell Ringer — Sedalia Noonday Lions Club; Red Shield Cafe — Sarah Bishop; Social Services — Amy Parrish; Christmas Volunteer — Carla Hertel; Thrift Store — Diane Zinn, Diane Rattinger and Tom Wareham; Food Pantry — Anna Lee Bail; Community Partner — Sedalia Downtown Boosters; Community Project — Santa House (Sedalia Downtown Boosters); Tree of Lights Campaign Chair — Jackie Fike; Worship Leader — Kerry Pease; Outstanding Sunday School Teacher — Dee Wade; Outstanding Special Project Volunteer — Sandy Mayfield; Outstanding School Participation — Whittier Alternative School; Advisory Board Member In Memorium — Leon Moore (accepted by his widow Judy Moore); Community Project Coordinator — Tom Beatty. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.