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Carey Services Honors Community Supporters During ‘A Night at Carey’

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April 12, 2017
Carey Services presented six awards to outstanding internal and external supporters during the organization’s inaugural The Carey Awards program that was part of the A Night at Carey dinner on April 8.
“With just concluding March as National Disability Awareness Month and with April being Autism Awareness Month, we wanted to take this time of year to say a public thank you to those who so generously support the agency’s mission to help people turn abilities and barriers into opportunities,” said Jim Allbaugh, the agency’s president and CEO. “A Night at Carey was a wonderful evening to bring people together to make that happen.”
The awards presented, and the winners, were:
  • Mission Leader Award, which was presented to an agency staff member. Winner was Lisa Worthington, lead employment specialist, and other nominees were David Sprowl, intake and outreach coordinator, and Michelle Percy, direct support professional.
  • Self-Advocate Award, which was presented to a consumer who best typifies a spirit of advocacy and support. Winner was Steve Bilby, and the other nominee was Julia West.
  • Employer of the Year, which was presented to a local employer who has been a strong partner with the employment services team. Winner was General Hotels, which operates the Super 8 and Best Western motels in Gas City, and other nominees were Goodwill, McDonald’s and Meijer.
  • Community Partner Award, which was presented to a community member that has demonstrated strong support of Carey Services. Winner was Marion General Hospital, and other nominees were Boutique 125, Indiana Wesleyan University, Kevin Planck, Round Robins Bingo and Swayzee Elementary School.
  • Heritage Award, which was presented to a person who has been instrumental in Carey Services’ growth and success. Winner was Mark Draves, the agency’s long-time president and CEO who retired in 2014.
  • Carey Angel Award – the evening’s top award – which was presented to a community member who has supported Carey Services in an exceptional way. Winner was AWS Foundation, and other nominees were Creative Abundance Group and United Way of Grant County.
“All of the winners truly reflect the mission and vision of Carey Services in their own ways,” Allbaugh said. “I know the committee that made the final selections had many worthy nominees to select from.”
Carey Services plans on making A Night at Carey an annual event. This year’s theme was Paris Masquerade ’17. Attendees each received a custom mask from the agency’s Creative Hearts Art Studio, and the evening’s activities and dinner followed a French theme. Coming years will most likely have a different theme for the evening.
Greg Maynard, Director of Fund and Strategic Advancement, (765) 668-8961 ext 124