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Volunteers honored at annual fundraiser
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Forsyth County News
Monday night's Forsyth County Community Connection fundraiser was a huge success, said Nicole McCoy, the group's executive director.
"Attendance was great," she said. "Friends and family turned out to help support the volunteers we awarded and the community in general, and we're really grateful."
The third annual event raised $2,700 for the nonprofit organization's programs.
During the buffet celebration, held at Tam's Backstage, Hands on Forsyth awards were given to special volunteers.
Erica Walden, 14, was named Youth Volunteer of the Year. The rising freshman at Forsyth Central High School didn't let her age stop her from contributing 256 volunteer hours.
Her younger sister, Emily, came in a close second for the award, said Community Connection Program Coordinator Kerry Rosewall.
"It's safe to say that volunteering is a way of life for the Walden family and we thank you," she said while presenting the award.
The Adult Volunteer of the Year honor went to Jill Harrelson, who recorded 183 volunteer hours with the organization. Harrelson, a mom and professional photographer, volunteered with the Mom's Club of Cumming Southeast, Cumming First United Methodist Church, Settles Bridge Elementary School, the Lanier-Forsyth Rotary Club and the Hands on Forsyth Day of Service.
The Newcomers & Postscripts Club earned the Civic Group Volunteer of the Year award. Receiving the award were Newcomers Service Chair Judy Vandenbergh and Postscripts Service Chair Donna Granger, along with Postscripts and Newcomers past presidents Francis Gwaltney and Diana Fournaris.
Marcie Kreager accepted the award for Corporate Volunteer of the Year on behalf of Advanced Disposal. The company, said Hands on Forsyth Director Jerry Dupree, was involved with a variety of programs, including Helping Hands, Snug as a Bug, Keep Forsyth County Beautiful. Advanced Disposal has also provided Dumpsters for major cleanups.
Stacy and Bobby Amos of Bobby Amos Waterworks received the Small Business Volunteer of the Year Award. The company has volunteered its plumbing services for low-income seniors and families.
Brian Tam and his wife, Kelly, were also honored as a community partner for their annual donation for the organization's fundraiser. This is the third year Tam's Backstage has played host to the event for free.
"All of the volunteers we celebrated tonight really set an example for our community and we are proud to know them and to work with them," McCoy said after the event.