Whaley Volunteer Appreciation Picnic Honored Community Members and Groups

Another year has quickly passed and Whaley Children’s Center wanted to celebrate their volunteers by Rolling Out The Red Carpet and thanking the people who make every day possible, the volunteers. On August 6, 2014, over 200 volunteers, community members, staff and children gathered together to celebrate all of the time and talent that is donated to the center every year.

The HealthPlus sponsored event recognized those community members who went above and beyond with their commitments to Whaley Children’s Center. The largest award went to Dan Crannie, the Whaley Volunteer of the Year. As a former board member, he has shown a commitment to the Center, their mission and the children they serve. He also selflessly donates all of the beautiful signage for Whaley's three major events as well as any other projects the Center may need. He truly is dedicated to transforming lives and creating futures for every child at Whaley Children’s Center

Other awards winners included: Diplomat (Volunteer Organization of the Year), Fred Hinz (Mentor of the Year), Luetta Grady (Special Event Volunteer of the Year), Marilyn Keen (Behind the Scenes Volunteer of the Year), Frescura Family (Family Volunteers of the Year), Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Beta Omega (Greek Group of the Year), Grand Blanc Motorcars (Production Cast of the Year) and Kiwanis, Optimist, Rotary and Zonta Clubs (Outstanding Civic Groups of the Year).

Congressman Dan Kildee, a former Whaley employee, even took the time to stop and thank the tireless efforts of the volunteers.

HealthPlus of Michigan presented the event and many HealthPlus employees volunteered their time to ensure the event was a relaxing and enjoyable time for all attendees. Donations from Airhead Balloons, Amazing Tents and Chairs, Ben Baker, Bubba O’Malley’s, Captain’s Club at Woodfield, Two Women and a Tray, Funtastic Inflatables, Gary Nickel, Genesys Banquet and Conference Center, Gerych’s, Pepsi Beverage Company, Tropical Smoothie, Special Occasions, and Vogt’s added to the overall environment at the event.

To view photos from this event, please visit facebook.com/whaleychildren.

Whaley Children’s Center is an independent, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1926 that provides residential child care services to children age 5- 17 years old who have suffered chronic and profound abuse and neglect. The services provided to children and families include residential treatment, group homes, and family counseling and aftercare service. To learn more about Whaley Children’s Center, visit www.whaleychildren.org.