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A night to remember: Monarch’s Annual Awards Dinner

Awards DinnerMonarch honored more than two dozen of its staff members, people supported, and community leaders in eight different categories Thursday, Oct. 10 during the agency’s 2013 Annual Awards Dinner held at Stanly Regional Medical Center. 

This year’s annual event included dinner, fun, extraordinary entertainment and recognition of honorees. The event, organized by Jackie McGowen, senior executive assistant, was filled to capacity with approximately 200 Monarch employees who traveled from as far as Laurinburg, Lumberton and New Bern. Participants also included people the agency supports from across the region and surprise appearances from family members of several award recipients. Leonard Covington, human resources manager, served as emcee of the event. Dr. Peggy Terhune, chief executive officer, and Blake Martin, chief development officer, presented the awards.

The night was full of excitement for unsuspecting honorees and their colleagues. Staff members from across the state who received Monarch’s prestigious awards in various categories include:

AwardsDinner2The Bill Sackter Award recognizes individuals Monarch supports who are achieving members of society. The recipients were Geoffrey Guile and Harrison Young, both of Stanly County; and Marylene Noel, of Forsyth County.

The Eula B. Cranford Professional of the Year honors a staff member who is involved with service to individuals supported. This year’s recipients are: Katherine Shaver, a qualified professional in Stanly County – Region 3; Eric Crisco, ACTT team leader in Stanly County – Region 1; Shanita Jackson, a qualified professional in Stanly County – Region 3; Amanda Nicholson, quality management coordinator in Stanly County – Region 10; Jane Hogan, an Intensive In-Home team leader in Rowan/Davidson County – Region 1; and Dr. Pamela Reid, a psychiatrist in Wake County – Region 7.

Staff Member of the Year Award honors staff members who have shown exemplary service to people with Annual Awards Dinner 2013 57developmental disabilities. Recipients are nominated by staff and people Monarch supports. Recipients of this award are: Jermaine Hill, operations manager, Stanly County – Region 3; Dorothy Williams, developmental specialist residential, Hoke County – Region 2; Sarah Portee, developmental specialist, Hoke County; Frances Hines, developmental specialist, Rutherford County; Natasha Black, operations manager, Stanly County – Region 3; Eva Katsoudas, direct support specialist, Forsyth County – Region 5; and Deborah Staton, developmental specialist, Edgecombe County – Region 6.

The Martha H. Lowder Award of Excellence honors a Monarch board member who has demonstrated exemplary board involvement. The award went to Monarch’s Board Member Jeff Gaskin, an Albemarle native, a parent of a person Monarch supports and chair of the organization’s finance committee.

Industry of the Year Award went to REMPAC who has been a supporting partner of Monarch for 10 years. Joe Terranova, a representative of the company, accepted the award.

The Distinguished Community Service Award recognizes an organization or person that has performed an outstanding service on behalf of people with developmental disabilities, mental illness or substance abuse disorders. All 4 Fun Inflatables received this award for providing a place where people with disabilities can attend and participate with their families. The owners, Kathy and Brian Taylor, accepted the award.

The Creative Inspiration Award is awarded by the CEO to a staff member or volunteer who selflessly shares their talent with Monarch and the people we support. Diana Turner-Forte received this award.

The Ellis N. Smith Award is presented to a Monarch volunteer who has demonstrated exemplary involvement in the organization. Bill Collier, a longtime volunteer in the Moore county area whose daughter is supported by Monarch, received this award.

The evening’s entertainment was a rendition of NBC’s showcase of entertainers - America’s Got Talent. Monarch’s Got Talent featured extraordinary performances by people supported by Monarch and staff. The entertainment included several amazing soloists, energetic fitness and dance, an original and moving acoustic guitar solo and ballad, motivational poetry, and an extraordinary and inspirational interpretative dance. Talented performances included:

Rodney Burleson, portrayed Elvis - Region 1; Craig Cavanaugh, performed an acoustic guitar and ballad- Region 2; Latricia Richardson, sang a song by Beyonce - Region 3; Amanda Turner Lynch and Arnae Bacon, performed an interpretive dance - Region 4; Gene Roncali, sang a country music ballad - Region 5; Joanne Vincent, recited an inspirational poem - Region 6; and Channel Brewington, performed a song by Aretha Franklin - Region 10.

Pictured above: (top) The lovely ladies from El Amor Dance Fitness, led by Channel Brewington, posed for a photo before their Zumba-inspired performance. Dr. Peggy Terhune presented a Staff Member of the Year Award to Sarah Portee; and Rodney Burleson sings "How Great Thou Art" as Elvis. 

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