Fort Bend County Women’s Center recognizes volunteers of the Year 2011

The Fort Bend County Women’s Center extended their deepest thanks to all their volunteers at a special Volunteer Recognition reception hosted by Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land. Women’s Center volunteer coordinators, Patty Holt and Amber Paaso, organized this annual reception as a thank you for the crucial role volunteers play in the day-to-day operation of the Women’s Center.

“Volunteers touch almost every aspect of what we do,” said Holt, “They help organize and work at our special events and PennyWise stores; teach in our Learning Resource Center; answer calls on our hotline; serve in our shelter cafeteria; entertain the kids at the shelter during the summer; advocate for sexual assault victims at the hospital … The list is endless and I don’t know how we would function without them. They are at the heart and soul of the Women’s Center.”

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2011 Fort Bend County Women’s Center Volunteer of the Year Awards by Women’s Center executive director, Vita Goodell:

Boogie Volunteer of the Year: Judy Price
Music Fest Volunteer of the Year: Noel Mascarenhas
Shelter Volunteer of the Year: Patricia Hall
PennyWise Volunteer of the Year: Paulette Smith
Programs Volunteer of the Year: Beth Laughlin
Administration Volunteer of the Year: Elsie Schade
Youth Volunteer of the Year: Kellie Crawford
Organization of the Year: PCCA
Board Member of the Year: Lizzie Dragon
Council of Resources Member of the Year: Nancy Colmenares
STARS Member of the Year: Nancy Piazza
Fort Bend Junior Service League Volunteer of the Year: Jacklyn Tatge
Giggle Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Alexander and Erica Noyes
PRESIDENT’S AWARD – PROGRAMS: Beverly Martin
PRESIDENT’S AWARD – NON-PROGRAMS: Debbie Maynard and Vivian McDowell
OVERALL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Mary Kay Turner

For more information on volunteering at the Fort Bend County Women’s Center, including the new PennyWise Pennies program, visit their website at www.fortbendwomenscenter.org or contact Amber Paaso (281-344-5759 or apaaso@fortbendwomenscenter.org).

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