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Friday, November 30, 2012

CARE for Children Presents Community CARE
Awards at Annual Meeting

Michael McLanahan, a senior at Bradford Area High School, served as the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the CARE for Children Board of Directors held Thursday evening at the Bradford Club.

The CARE for Children Board of Directors honored Zippo Manufacturing Company with the organization’s Community CARE Award and Mr. Howard Fesenmyer, Dr. Richard E. McDowell and Mr. Pete Buchheit with the CARE Volunteer Award.

Mick Marshall, President of the CARE Board of Directors, presented Mr. Greg Booth, Zippo President and CEO, with the company’s award.

“The board chose to honor Zippo Manufacturing Company for their long history of investing in CARE for Children, which we accept as a seal of approval,” said Marshall. “Whether it be the overall tournament sponsor for the CARE ‘fore’ Children Golf Tournament, the in-kind donations of product, the employee participation at special events and through memorial giving, or their support of the United Way, which benefits CARE.”

Marshall went on to say the Zippo’s lead gift towards CARE’s building campaign not only moved construction forward, but it elevated the project in the hearts and minds of community members.

“That investment will enable CARE to continue to positively impact and change local children’s lives,” said Marshall.

CARE for Children also recognized the efforts of Mr. Howard Fesenmyer, Dr. Richard E. McDowell and Mr. Pete Buchheit with the Community CARE Volunteer Award.

Tina Martin, CARE executive director, noted that the three honorees have been instrumental in the success of the building project and capital campaign.

“This recognition is a small recompense for the service that each of them, individually and collectively, have rendered, and hopefully will continue to provide to CARE,” said Martin. “We have been fortunate to have these men provide expertise in planning and executing the campaign, and assisting with the construction aspect. They all possess and share a wealth of knowledge and talents, and we’re lucky to have been a recipient.”

In his keynote address, Michael McLanahan spoke of the impact that CARE for Children has had on his life, and his desire to give back in the form of an advocacy campaign to promote the organization, especially the Disability Awareness program. His efforts are also part of his graduation project at Bradford High.

McLanahan is the son of Rick and Marcia Morrison of Bradford and Larry McLanahan of Kennewich, Washington.

The Community CARE Awards were established by the Board of Directors in 2003 to recognize outstanding contributions to the agency and to the children and families to whom CARE provides service.

Pictured, Michael McLanahan
CARE for Children photo

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