PATH celebrates becoming stronger organization, gives awards at luncheon

Published on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 23:32 - Written by By Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

At the annual fundraising luncheon, local nonprofit People Attempting to Help celebrated its perseverance through a year of transition to become what officials said is an even stronger organization.

“We see 100 families a day,” executive director Greg Grubb said. “We have a lot of resources and can help them because of your support.”

Two annual awards were also given out at the event, the Faith in Action Award and the Community in Action Award.

Fairwood United Meth­odist Church was this year’s recipient of the Faith in Action Award.

“PATH has been a faith-based organization from the onset,” said Becky Duncan, community outreach coordinator. “We recognize those congregations that go above and beyond. … There wasn’t a month that went by that Fairwood didn’t come with something, usually an in-kind gift.”

The Community in Action Award was given to David McCook, a Robert E. Lee high school student who decided to enlist friends and family to build a new playground for PATH for his Eagle Scout community service project.

“When most of us think of volunteers, we think of someone who is in retirement and wants to give back,” said Rodd Moffett, volunteer coordinator. “But the face of volunteering is changing.”

The organization also announced its newly revamped mentoring program, renamed to honor Beverly Beaird, a supporter of PATH who loved children and left a gift to PATH in her estate after she died.

Bev’s Kid Reach program will provide mentors for more children, under the leadership of Mark Richardson, the new Bev’s Kid Reach Coordinator.

“There are so many statistics about how mentoring helps improve a child’s life,” Richardson said. “The parents are trying so hard just to get by, and sometimes the kids get lost.”

The final event in the annual PATH Week celebration will be the annual Philanthropy Celebration, which will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Willow Brook Country Club.

Mayor Barbara Bass will be presented with the Gertrude Windsor Award, PATH’s highest honor. The ticket price is $100 per person, and reservations are required.

Call 903-597-7284 for more information.