Pride In McAlester (PIM) will host their 8th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet on February 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm. The event serves as a time for members, community leaders and the public to celebrate the achievements of the previous year honor the volunteers and partners who contributed. This year’s honorees are the Alexander Family as Volunteers of the Year, Matt House and the Buffalo Run Disc Golf Course as winners of the Pride In McAlester Spirit Award, Will Rogers Elementary with the Community Sustainability Award, Choctaw Nation Going Green as Community Partner of the Year, and Brynn Vaughan as Outstanding Student.
The event will feature live music from local group Sunset Band and includes dinner, silent auction, and a cash bar. Funds raised the event are used to finance the various community activities, including Community Volunteer Days and the Adopt-A-Block program.
The event is open to the public and will be held at the McAlester Country Club. Tickets for the event are $25 and are available for purchase until Friday, February 10. PIM is also looking for Presenting and Corporate Sponsorships. To purchase tickets or for more information about being a sponsor, please visit www.prideinmcalester.com/banquet or call Stephanie Giacomo at 918-426-4444.
Volunteers of the Year, Matt Alexander and his family regularly contributed time, resources and hard work to the organization and enthusiastically promoted the mission of PIM throughout the year. The family participated in numerous projects including Fresh Paint Days, Community Volunteer Days, Cigarette Litter Prevention, and education programs.
Matt House with the Buffalo Run Disc Golf Course is receiving the Pride In McAlester Spirit Award for commitment to the enhancement of McAlester. The disc golf course project has displayed many of the core values of Pride In McAlester, including the promotion of healthy lifestyles, volunteerism, beautification, and sustainability.
Will Rogers Elementary School will be awarded the Community Sustainability Award for introducing recycling efforts in the classroom. Working with PIM President Justin Few and Choctaw Nation Going Green, Will Rogers Elementary School has introduced the habit and skill of recycling to nearly five hundred McAlester elementary school children.
Choctaw Nation Going Green, Community Partner of the Year, is the recycling initiative of the Choctaw Nation and has continuously been a resource for Pride In McAlester and City of McAlester efforts. Choctaw Nation Going Green relentlessly works to generate recycling opportunities for citizens and serves as advisors in the pursuit of sustainability for our region.
Brynn Vaughan is the Pride In McAlester Outstanding Student for her organization of the McAlester High School Student Council work day to paint playground and structural equipment in City Parks. She also volunteered during numerous projects including Fresh Paint Days, National Planting Day, and Fall Cleanup.