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For Immediate Release

2016 Annual Awards Banquet

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Easter Seals Southern Georgia honored outstanding staff, program participants, board members, dignitaries, and community volunteers during its annual awards dinner at Doublegate Country Club in Albany. The night was filled with honorees, surprises and lots of praises. Several dignitaries were present to receive awards, or presents an award. The highlight of the evening was the viewing of "Cody is a Fireman" video, there wasn't a dry eye after the viewing. The unveiling of the new easterseals logo was also a hit.

Cody's Video will touch everyone. One of the highlights of the nights events.

Rep. Ed Rynders

Representative Rynders has been a champion for Easter Seals for several years authoring annual resolutions applauding the Champions for Children Easter Seals statewide program.  During 2015, Chairman Rynders provided legislative training for the new Easter Seals legislative team and supported its legislative agenda. He works tirelessly on behalf of his constituents with developmental disabilities and actively provides information on current issues that impact the people served.

Roy Rankin

Former State Senator, Michael Meyer von Bremen presented the volunteer award in memory of his mother, Bobbie, to Roy Rankin of Tifton. Roy is a long time member of the Easter Seals Tifton Board of Directors and volunteers at events held in the area and at the Tifton group home.

CodyJack Colby

Vocational Director, Kim Moore-Willis, presented the Consumer Achievement Award to Cody Slusher and the Community Partner Award to Chief Jack Colby and the Sylvester Fire Dept. Both were featured in an Easter Seals video highlighting the vocational  department and community partners who help individuals learn and train in a work environment.

Group award

Junior League, Marci Prisant , Tina Harden, David Prisant, Lauren Watson and Kay Walden all received the Distinguished Service Award for their planning and coordination of the Ragin Cajun event. Not pictured is Susan Greene with Paula Deen's Bag Lady Foundation.

Julie Hall

Outgoing Board President, Kari Middleton, honored Director of Day Services, Julie Hall with a special President's award for her Dreams project. This initiative has inspired and motivated members of the communities where our programs operate.


Past President, Rachelle Scott, presents the Volunteer of the Year to Lauren Watson.

Miracle League

Cathy Jenkins presented the Community Partners award to Jennifer Rigsby and Jennifer Sapp of Challenger League.


Director of Day Services, Julie Hall, presents the Consumer Achievement Award to Kelvin.

Ball club

Kyle Nichols presented Jim Glass with the Bass Club the Distinguished Service Award.

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