Volunteer Appreciation Dinner - 2018
Dismas House of Nashville recognized and honored its most outstanding volunteers and residents Thursday evening, January 26, 2018. More than 100 volunteers were in attendance at the event held at Rocketown. Six awards were given out in five categories. The emcee for the event was Michael "Moose" Moore, and the special guest speaker was long-time volunteer Peter Martin.
John Jenkins, Jr. Resident of the Year Award
The John Jenkins, Jr. Resident of the Year Award was given to Stan Helterbran. The award is named for a resident who embodied the mission and principles of Dismas House. Unfortunately, Jenkins passed away in September of 2017. The award was presented by his sister, Cora Lanier.
Community Partner of the Year Award
The Community Partner of the Year Award was given to Mercury Court Clinic, which displayed a commitment to supporting Dismas House by working directly with the residents in providing health care services.
Volunteer of the Year Award
The Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Lynne McFarland and Pat McDougal. There were co-recipients simply because the selection committee valued each of their commitment and tireless support. Each has made outstanding contributions of their time and talent.
"Volunteers are an integral part of a nonprofit organization's mission," said Brown. "That reigns true for us here at Dismas House of Nashville. Volunteers and program partners are key components to our program delivery and have been since our inception in 1974."
"We could not meet the goals of our residents without the support of our volunteers, said Dismas House CEO Gerald Brown. "We are appreciative of their commitment to our cause, and this dinner was a small way for us to show our gratitude for their time."
Board Member of the Year Award
The Board Member of the Year Award was given to Kay Kretsch. Kay has showed an extraordinary level of commitment and service. She leads committees, supports fundraising initiatives, and she has been instrumental in the effort to expand the organization. She is a strong advocate for Dismas House in the community.
Grace Morales Lifetime Achievement Award
The Grace Morales Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Jeff Lynch. This award is named in memory of Grace Morales, a 39 year veteran volunteer at Dismas House. The award was presented by Grace's son, Tom. Jeff Lynch has displayed a commitment to Dismas ever since he was a student at Vanderbilt University. More recently, over the last eight years, he has led the organization through difficult times. He contributes generously with his time, talent and treasures. He diligently recruits community leaders to join the board and to volunteer for community dinners at the house.