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Friday, December 13th marked the occasion of the 2013 Ohio Valley Goodwill Holiday Luncheon celebration which took place at the Sharonville Convention Center. Almost 200 guests were welcomed to the event which served as the occasion to thank Goodwill partners and friends for their support as well as to formally recognize the tenure achievements of staff and the organization’s volunteer Service Guild.
Following the delicious holiday-themed luncheon and musical entertainment provided by the Laura Hazelbaker trio, Goodwill’s President and CEO, Joe Byrum, began the program which started with a formal tribute to the organization’s volunteer Service Guild. The Guild is celebrating their 80th year of support of the Goodwill organization and its mission this year. Guild President Sue Burreson was presented with a clock with an engraved message from Goodwill expressing appreciation for their on-going volunteer service to the organization and the individuals served. In turn, Burreson, presented Byrum, with a check for $20,000 to Goodwill in support of its mission and an additional check for $5,000 to Charlie Blythe, Grants Director, for Goodwill’s Veterans Services programs.
Following the tribute to the Guild, three senior Goodwill staff were singled out for recognition by Byrum, including Gail Hana, VP of Contributed Goods, Jo Ann Decker, VP of Rehabilitation Services (both for 35 years of service) and Nancy Wooley, Rehabilitation Services Secretary, for 40 years of service. Other tenure recognition milestones this year included Charlie Blythe, Ron Hunkler, Kevin Lawson, Christine Washington and James Webster- all for 20 years of service.
Following the tenure recognition portion of the program, Byrum called on Dick Oestreich, Grant Writer and CARF Advisor, to the stage to talk about the organization’s recent accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), which took place in May 2013. This year’s accreditation survey represented the fourth consecutive survey over a 12 year period, that Ohio Valley Goodwill attained a perfect survey outcome and this year, “accreditation distinction” from CARF. Guests then enjoyed a video of the CARF survey team sharing their positive evaluations of Ohio Valley Goodwill and its commitment to service excellence.
At the conclusion of this year’s celebration, the assembled special guests including State Representatives Margaret Conditt and Peter Beck, were treated to an entertaining holiday video produced by Goodwill Public Information Officer, Michael Flannery, which creatively shared the highlights of the past year and festive wishes in a humorous format. Ohio Valley Goodwill is sincerely grateful to its staff team and many partners and friends for their on-going support which enables the organization to provide outstanding services to men and women with disabilities as well as our nation’s veterans.