The Volunteer Recognition Banquet was held on April 16, 2011. This was the last event in the celebration of national volunteer week. Each year volunteer services sets a theme for all of the activities. Since 2011 is the celebration of 100 years of Children's Hospital, the theme was a kid's birthday party. Activities included clowns, pin the tail on the donkey, and facepainting. Certainly no child's birthday would be complete without cake and ice cream, and that served as the desert following the meal.
The banquet is to recognize the contributions made by all volunteers during 2010. With over 1000 volunteers and more than 30 groups supporting the hospital, it is always a festive event.
Highlights of the banquet include the presentation of awards to recognize service that has gone above and beyond during the year.
Department of the Year - goes to a CHS Department who is supportive of the mission and goals of the Volunteer Services Department. We had a tie this year with PACU and Child Life/Pulmonary both being recognized.
Clown of the Year - recognizes the importance of the clown program in making an impact to our patients and their families. This year the instructors of Magic City Clown School were recognized.
Volunteer of the Year - goes to an individual who has gone above and beyond the call and the result is an expansion or improvement in a project, service or activity. This year's receipent is Marychris Corbally. Marychris volunteers in PACU and Special Care.
Distinguished Service - is the highest honor Volunteer Services bestows. The award recognizes outstanding service or devotion to Children's of Alabama, and can be given to an individual or group. This is not an annual award. It is only given to recognise extraordinary service. There were two receipents. Dorotheda Grey was recognized for her many years of service upon her "retirement." Also receiving the award was Sharleta Stamps. Sharleta was a volunteer, auxiliary board member, a member of the staff until her relocation out of state. She then returned to volunteer status and has provided layout and design services for the electronic edition of the Volunteer Voice. She continues to do this since 2008.
updated June 2011