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

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March 19, 2018
Carey Services presented four awards to outstanding internal and external supporters during the organization’s second annual The Carey Awards program that was part of the A Night at Carey dinner on March 17.

“With March being National Disability Awareness Month and with April being Autism Awareness Month, this is a perfect time of the year to say a public thank you to those people and organizations who generously support our mission to help people turn abilities and barriers into opportunities,” said Greg Maynard, the agency’s director of fund and strategic advancement. “A Night at Carey was a wonderful evening to bring people together to make that happen, and it is one we plan on celebrating for years to come.”

The awards presented, and the winners, were:
• Mission Leader Award, which was presented to an agency staff member. Winner was Cathy Queen, director of the agency’s Early Head Start program.
• Self-Advocate Award, which was presented to a consumer who best typifies a spirit of advocacy and support. Winner was Sherry Stepp.
• Community Partner Award, which was presented to a community member who has demonstrated strong support of Carey Services. Winner was Josh Vigar of Boutique 125.
• Heritage Award, which was presented to a person who has been instrumental in Carey Services’ growth and success. Winner was Robert and Jeanie Backs, who have been involved with the agency in several roles for many years.

“It was great to hear the stories that went with each winner’s nomination and then hear their comments after receiving their awards,” Maynard said. “Every one of the winners truly has a passion for the work the agency does every day, and they have found their niches in which they can give back and make this community a more inclusive place.”

A Night at Carey has an annual theme; with this year’s event being on St. Patrick’s Day, the theme was Irish Enchantment ’18. Event artwork and the award trophies were produced in an Irish theme by artists in the agency’s Creative Hearts Art Studio.
Greg Maynard, Director of Fund and Strategic Advancement, (765) 668-8961 ext 124