Escambia County's Volunteer Recognition Event at Scenic Hills Country Club

An evening celebrating the impact of an outstanding group of men and women was enjoyed last Friday evening at the Scenic Hills Country Club during our Escambia County Annual Volunteer Recognition Event. The room was packed with over 120 volunteers, staff, distinguished guests, and their +1’s.

The Escambia County Staff (with the exception of one of our attorneys, the assistant director, and myself) assemble at the front of the room.

The Escambia County Staff (with the exception of one of our attorneys, the assistant director, and myself) assemble at the front of the room.

We honored the following guests:

Community Partner of the Year:

Michles & Booth, P.A., who fulfilled the Christmas wishlists for over 300 children this past year

Michles & Booth, P.A. - 2019 Community Partner of the Year

Michles & Booth, P.A. - 2019 Community Partner of the Year

 Volunteer of the Year:

Kelly O’Hargan, a never-say-quit, fierce advocate for our children, currently handling three cases with multiple children

Award-winner Kelly O’Hargan pose with GAL Attorney, Mattie, and Child Advocate Manager, Carla.

Award-winner Kelly O’Hargan pose with GAL Attorney, Mattie, and Child Advocate Manager, Carla.

Rookie of the Year:

Holly Algee, a highly vocal supporter of our program and a positive influence on all those around her

Award-winner Holly Algee pose with GAL Attorney, Mattie, and Child Advocate Manager, Carla.

Award-winner Holly Algee pose with GAL Attorney, Mattie, and Child Advocate Manager, Carla.

 Angel Among Us:

Laura Mackey, a volunteer who stepped up to the plate to help when Child Advocate Manager, Mike Harris passed away

 

Award-winner Laura Mackey posing with Circuit Director, Bryan Carter.

Award-winner Laura Mackey posing with Circuit Director, Bryan Carter.

The most touching moment of the evening was remembering our dearly departed colleague, Mike Harris. He fostered over 150 children, adopting seven to join his two biological children permanently as siblings. He had a wicked sense of humor and could always be counted on for a smile. He was tireless in his fight for our children; what a gift he was to our community. He will be missed immensely. He was honored with a plaque, given to his Uncle Jackie, that says the following:

Michael Harris, his memory will live on in all the lives he touched.

Michael Harris, his memory will live on in all the lives he touched.

Accepting the Honorary Plaque is Uncle Jackie pictured here with two staff members who were exceptionally close to Mike, Joan and Tiffany.

Accepting the Honorary Plaque is Uncle Jackie pictured here with two staff members who were exceptionally close to Mike, Joan and Tiffany.

What a beautiful evening. As Volunteer Resource Manager, my heart overflows with gratitude for all our volunteers do every day. We are blessed to have such an amazing group of citizens invested in working so hard for our children.