Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well honored its superheroes of health at its annual Volunteer Recognition Celebration.
Get Healthy, Live Well held the celebration on June 6 at Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton. The superhero-themed celebration began with an invocation by Pastor Stephen Allen of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton. After the invocation, Denise Taylor, senior vice president and chief community health and brand officer for Tanner, thanked the volunteers for their service.
“You are giving the greatest gift that you have to give and that’s the gift of your time,” said Taylor. “There are a million different ways that you can spend your time, but you made the decision to spend your time in a way that would help our community and help people live healthier lives. We want to thank you for being a superhero in our community.”
The “Captain Planet” award was presented to Laura Richards who has helped promote health and wellness in the community. Richards also helped integrate active transportation with recreation by founding the Friends of Carrollton GreenBelt.
“This nominee has spent more than 10 years creating a trail that has forever changed the landscape of our community,” said Get Healthy, Live Well Community Liaison Phyllis Head. “Her contributions benefit not only us, but the generations to come.”
The “Dynamic Duo” award was given to father-son volunteers Eric and Jackson Brandenburg, who tirelessly supported the mission of Get Healthy, Live Well throughout the year.
“Together, they have donated hundreds of hours of time serving our community,” said Get Healthy, Live Well Program Manager Gina Brandenburg. “Get Healthy, Live Well can always count on these two to make the world a better place.”
The volunteers who were recognized for their hard work and leadership were given beautiful handmade candleholders by Johnny Jackson of Rough Cut Designs.
Volunteer service awards were given to volunteers achieving the milestones of 50 and 100 hours of service. Seventeen volunteers received 50-hour awards and 14 received 100-hour awards. In total, 427 volunteers gave 6,199 hours of service in the past year.
Complete List of Award Winners
Captain Planet Award – Laura Richards
Dynamic Duo Award – Eric and Jackson Brandenburg
Justice League Award – University of West Georgia School of Nursing
Guardians of the Galaxy Award – Tabernacle Baptist Church
Power Rangers Award – Linette Dodson, Kelli Cook and Dory Cooper (Carrollton City Schools Nutrition Program)
Elektra Award – Mikki Griffin (Perpetual Motion)
I am Groot Award – Tallapoosa Housing Authority
The Health Avenger – Amy Eubanks, MD
The Incredibles – Agape of God Ministry, Inc.
Wonder Woman Award – Makayla Davis
May the Force Be With You Award – Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Iron Man Award – City of Carrollton
The Flash Award – Chris Arrington
The Human Torch Award – Jeannette Diaz
Join Get Healthy, Live Well in its efforts to improve the community’s health. Visit www.GetHealthyLiveWell.org and complete an online application to become a volunteer.
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