Volunteer Celebration Event and Frankie Fowler Award 2013Written by Workhorse Marketing
Each spring we honor our dedicated volunteers at our Volunteer Celebration Event. Our theme this year combined our view that “Volunteers Touch Many Hearts” with the beauty of springtime. Our Community Room was transformed into a cheerful oasis of butterflies and flowers created by the children at the Stockton-Hicks Family Tree Child Development Center and the Children’s Services Center, with plates of delicious food catered by Me So Hungry.
This event is an opportunity to recognize the contributions every volunteer brings to our organization. It is also a time to give special recognition to those who stand out. Two veteran volunteers were honored at the event for their fifteen years of service to SafePlace: Jacob Walcik, longtime Hospital Advocacy Volunteer & Aaryce Hayes, Disability Services Advisory Committee member.
Another way we celebrate specific volunteers is through the Frankie Fowler Volunteer of the Year Award. The award was created in 2006 to honor Frankie Fowler, a volunteer who has donated her time, passion, and energy to SafePlace’s clients for more than 30 years. The recipient is nominated and voted on by SafePlace staff, and the award goes to someone who reflects Frankie’s outstanding commitment to ending sexual assault and domestic violence through community service. Our Executive Director Julia Spann was the event’s keynote speaker this year and presented the Frankie Fowler award to the 2013 recipient, Gayle Anderson.
Gayle volunteers in our Sexual Assault Hospital Advocacy Program (SAHAP). The goal of SAHAP is to accompany every adult and adolescent sexual assault survivor in Travis County. Volunteers are asked to cover 2-3 shifts per month—Gayle is on-call for 2-3 shifts per week! She has shown a deep commitment to her role as an advocate, and has accompanied more than 65 survivors at Saint David’s Medical Center since she began volunteering in 2011. She has also helped the program to grow by training new advocates, and has participated in fundraising and awareness events for SafePlace.
Gayle is one of a number of outstanding volunteers who were nominated for this year’s Frankie Fowler Award. The other nominees were:
Meg Susong, Pet Foster Volunteer Program Coordinator
Dina Abramson, Disability Services Advisory Committee
Judy Walker, Clerical and Administrative Volunteer
Marja Wallace and Deuce (her great dane), Therapy Pet Pals in Children’s Program
Beth Jackson, Children’s Program
Karen Bartoletti and Nicki Tyler, SafePlace Board Members
Our Volunteer Celebration Committee members deserve special thanks for making this all happen: Antoniette Moore, Kari Johnson, Elaine Kenna, Anu Kapadia, Megan Morgan, Ravi Subramanian, Stacey Mason, Aleza Berube, and Laurie Pharr. Additional appreciation and thanks go to our photographer, a SafePlace volunteer herself, Sara Yamada.