Easter Seals Southern Georgia holding annual awards ceremony

ALBANY — On Monday evening, Easter Seals Southern Georgia is taking some time to acknowledge those who have contributed to the organization over the last year.

Easter Seals is hosting its annual awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Monday at Chehaw Creekside Education Center.

The organization hosts the event annually to recognize community leaders, clients and other organizations and volunteers who have been involved in supporting and representing Easter Seals over the year.

“We do this every year to honor those who have supported Easter Seals through the year,” said Beth English, executive director of Easter Seals.

Among the awards to be presented, English said, include the Mrs. H.T. McCall Staff Member of the Year Award, the Annette Bowling Advocacy Award, the Mildred Huie Leadership Award, the Bobbie Meyer von Bremen Award and the Betty Nichols Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Mildred Huie award — named for the organization’s founder — goes to a disabled individual who demonstrates leadership skills, while the Bobbie Meyer von Bremen award goes to an individual who has given long-standing support to the organization. The latter of the two will be presented by the namesake’s son, former state senator Michael Meyer von Bremen, English said.

Invitations went out for the event several weeks ago. About 100 people are expected to attend, the executive director said.

“It’s not a large event, but it is a way to say thank you,” English said. “We want to say thank you to those who will do so much. The other piece is public awareness (of what we do).”

The outgoing board president, Lauren Watson, is also expected to make remarks. The new president, Kim Colby, will be introduced and is expected to give an overview of the goals and ambitions set for Easter Seals in the coming year, English said.

Easter Seals Southern Georgia currently serves 3,000 people — including children and adults with disabilities or special needs by offering a variety of programs and services as a means to enable individuals to lead lives of equality, dignity and independence. These services include vocational services, community living support, residential services and respite care/family support.