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December 23, 2015

Our 2015 Christmas Luncheon

 

On Dec. 18, we celebrated where we've been, where we're going, and why we do what we do.

The occasion was our annual Christmas luncheon, held at the South Carolina Hospital Association's facility.

The "why we do what we do" was most powerfully invoked by our keynote speaker, Jason Puhlasky, who so ably represents Fathers' and Families' interests at the State House. Jason was asked to speak at the last moment, but his entire life has been a preparation for the story he told of the pain of growing up fatherless. No one who heard him could doubt the importance of what the Center and its programs do, year in and year out.

After Jason's inspiring witness, Chrissy Dingeldine was honored for her stellar service to the Center's mission as a board member since 2004.

Then came the celebration of the great work that our programs have done in the past year.

The following awards were presented:

  • The "Step-Up" Award was given to Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, for consistently rising to the challenge.
  • The Data Award was presented to the Aiken staff for making Shirley's job easier by keeping up with the numbers.
  • The Pioneer Award was given to Man 2 Man for expanding into new territory without any increase in funds or personnel.
  • The Program of the Year Award went to -- you guessed it -- A Father's Place, the defending champions.

In between the awards, unofficial master of ceremonies Ricky Barr kept the room in stitches by revealing little-known "facts" about some of the folks in the room.

Finally, Executive Director Pat Littlejohn shared the news of the new resources that will enable our programs to go from serving fathers and families in 18 counties to covering the entire state, meaning that 2016 will be a red-letter year in the Center's history.

More about that in later news posts...