Volunteers Saluted

by Tina Alexander

"Thank you." Those two words carry a powerful punch for the many volunteers at Nacogdoches Treatment Center.

The Treatment Center, which is a daytime activity facility for Alzheimer's patients. The volunteers who helped raise money for the Center were treated to lunch on Thursday. The group Journey was honored for their service. Over the pat four years, their annual concerts have brought in $40,000 for the Treatment Center. They were given the youth award for each having donated at least a thousand hours of volunteer time.

The lifetime achievement award was given to six people whose volunteer hours totalled over four thousand hours each. Two groups, the quilters and crafters, have racked up more than 260,000 volunteer hours and they were honored for their service.

Businesses honored for their support were Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse of Nacogdoches, Holly Springs Baptist Church and Homes of East Texas.

The volunteers range in age from eight to 95 years old. The Center has three main fundraisers which include a concert in January, a bike ride in April and a bazaar in November. The Nacogdoches Treatment Center is located at 119 Hughes Street.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: Erna Roberts, Freddie Stubblefield (post humously), Lois Dyes, Pauline Burke-Morgan, Vauline Burk, Virginia Worsham.

Scott Sherill Award: J.E. Kingham Construction

Director's Award: Dr. Carolyn Mitchell

Volunteer of the Year Award: Bonita Burden

Alzheimer's Day Activity Volunteer Award: John Bard

For a list of volunteers who received the President's Volunteer Service Award to to www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.