This year’s recipient of the prestigious Gertrude Windsor Award from local nonprofit People Attempting to Help (PATH) is Mayor Barbara Bass.
“Mayor Bass has not only been a loyal supporter of PATH through the years, she has also consistently used her influence to accomplish the greater good in our community,” said Greg Grubb, PATH’s executive director, in a statement.
Each year, the award is presented to a community member who “epitomizes the mission of PATH through words and deeds,” according to the statement.
PATH scheduled its annual weeklong celebration and fundraiser the week of Sept. 8 through Sept. 14. Ms. Bass will receive the award at the annual Philanthropy Celebration, to be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 at Willow Brook Country Club.
“Mayor Barbara Bass is a great choice for this award,” said C.C. Baker, former board member and 2011 winner of the award. “Barbara is a proven community leader, just like Mrs. Windsor. They have a lot in common, especially the desire to help people find their way.”
This year’s theme for the week is “Past, Present and Future.” The week is designed to raise awareness of PATH and the PATH programs “designed to change the face of poverty, homelessness and hunger in the community,” according to the statement.
The PATH Prayer Breakfast is scheduled at 7 a.m. Sept. 10 at Glenwood Church of Christ at the corner of Rice Road and Hollytree Drive. This event will be focused on PATH’s heritage as an interfaith community organization.
The Prayer Breakfast program will include comments and prayers from several individuals who have direct connections to the founders of PATH, including M.L. Agnew, Marshall Windsor, John Siburt and C.C. Baker. The public is invited and admission is free.
The annual PATH Community Luncheon will be held at noon Sept. 11 at Christ Episcopal Church at 118 S. Bois d’Arc. This event will be a celebration of PATH’s ongoing work in the community.
PATH will present awards to community partners who have played a significant role in helping to meet the challenges of serving the economically disadvantaged people of Smith County.
The public is invited. There will be a $5 charge for the box lunch and reservations are requested.
The annual Philanthropy Celebration celebrates the heritage of PATH and the future plans for the organization. Jazz Connections will provide the entertainment. The ticket price is $100 per person and reservations are required.
Call 903-597-7284 for more information.