October 31, 2013 | Author Editor
FLINT — Dr. Nita Kulkarni, physician and volunteer for the St. Luke New Life Center; Jon Manse, director of Community Services for Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties; and Lauretta Montini, volunteer Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties; are among the 15 people nominated for Resource Genesee’s annual Sybyl Award.
The winner — chosen by a selection committee convened by Resource Genesee — as well as all of the nominees will be honored at Resource Genesee’s annual holiday luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Holy Redeemer Family Life Center, 1227 Bristol Road in Burton.
The award honors the life of Sybyl M. Atwood, who served for more than 40 years as the program director for Volunteer and Information Services at Resource Genesee and its predecessor organizations. Atwood died in 2007.
“This award was designed to annually acknowledge someone in the community who exemplifies Sybyl’s energy, outlook and dedication to helping others,” said Lindsey Younger, Resource Genesee president and CEO.
Atwood’s sense of community and boundless energy influenced and strengthened the human service sector of Genesee County for more than four decades. Mentoring was central to her work.
The rest of this year’s nominees include Brian and Dorie Barkey, Flint Year Round Walk and Run Club; Kelly Beardslee, volunteer for Christ Enrichment Center; Bob and Barb Coe, Mercy Team chairmen at Flushing Community Church of the Nazarene; April Cook, director of Alternative Solutions for Women; Timothy Draeger of Wings of Mercy; Delores Johnson, auxiliary president of the New McCree Theater; Donald D. Lada, manager of Brown Funeral Home; William Moeller, McLaren Foundation board member; Don Paliani, owner of Sorento’s Food and Spirits; Julianne Princinsky, president of Baker College of Flint; Michael Shawl, founder of Boats for Vets; and Woodrow Skaff, retired owner of Skaff Furniture and Carpet.
Previous Sybyl Award recipients include Diana Kelly, program director of the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program; Gary Haggart, former president of the Shelter of Flint; Kenyetta Dotson of WOW Community Outreach; Charles Tommasulo, executive director of the Family Service Agency of Mid-Michigan; Ken Foyder, CASA volunteer for the Weiss Advocacy Center; Kim and Kelsay Mannor, volunteers for Hurley Medical Center; and Patrick McNeal, executive director of My Brother’s Keeper.
For tickets or sponsorship information, call Lindsey Younger at (810) 232-6253.
ELGA Credit Union is the presenting sponsor for the Sybyl Award.