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May 15, 2013


Reflections: 15th annual Bales Humanitarian Award


In August, I was one of two honorees overwhelmed in being honored in receiving the 15th annual Clark County Bales’ Humanitarian of the Year Award by those who see in you doing something you are not trained to do, but do it because it is indeed a labor of love. 

The other outstanding honoree was Richard “Dick” Jones, a native of Jeffersonville, who relentlessly and unselfishly served his community with extraordinary distinction. I still am deeply honored and grateful to be among the 38 previous recipients who have supported their community in countless of ways.  

It’s been close to a year since that wonderful moment in my life and I’m still firmly convinced and believe we always need to be aware of and make room for in our daily lives the human events of our life. Reaching out to people has always been the sunshine of my life. It’s the works of mercy we are all call to profess. It’s our charitable actions to give aid to one another without hesitation. In receiving the prestigious award, I still believe it’s pretty neat when you’re recognized for the gifts that God has given you. 

One of the great moments was being with family, friends and countless others who gave me tremendous support through my life. It was a warm feeling and genuinely felt when we gathered at the gala event. 

Throughout the year after being a recipient of the award many, many people — not only from the Charlestown community — continue to give me recognition receiving this honor, which reminded me what a tremendous respect the people have for the Bales’ Humanitarian of the Year Award — and that it’s with you the rest of your life!

It’s been a very humbling and rewarding experience, and always will be. I certainly have not forgotten, and will never forget the honor and privilege bestowed on me from those who made it possible — the American Red Cross.

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