PATH Week set for Sept. 9 to 11

Published on Saturday, 26 July 2014 22:57 - Written by From Staff Reports

People Attempting to Help’s PATH Week 2014 will be celebrated Sept. 9 to 11 and this year’s theme is FAITH, HOPE and HOME.

The week is designed to raise awareness of PATH and the PATH programs helping to change the face of poverty, homelessness and hunger in the community, according to a news release.

The PATH Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. on Sept. 9, at Glenwood Church of Christ, at the corner of Rice Road and Hollytree Drive in south Tyler. This event will be focused on PATH’s heritage as a faith-based community organization. The public is invited and admission is free.

The annual PATH community luncheon will be held at noon Sept. 10 at First Baptist Church, downtown campus, at 301 W. Ferguson St. 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 and disadvantaged people of Smith County. The public is encouraged to attend. There will be a $5 charge for lunch and reservations are appreciated.

The annual Philanthropy Celebration will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at Willow Brook Country Club. The evening event celebrates the heritage of PATH and the future plans for the organization.

Food, drinks and music are included for a ticket price of $100 per person. Reservations are required. Proceeds benefit PATH’s HOPE and HOME Programs.

The highlight of the celebration will be the presentation of the Gertrude Windsor Award to Nancy Lamar. This award is presented to an individual who epitomizes the mission of PATH through words and deeds.

“Nancy has been an influential part of PATH’s heritage from the beginning. She was the executive director of PATH for those critical 11 years of early growth taking it from a small charity with a very limited impact to a $1.5 million agency with communitywide support and a wide spectrum of services impacting thousands of Smith County residents every year,” said Greg Grubb in announcing this year’s choice.

According to C.C. Baker, recipient of the Gertrude Windsor Award in 2011, “Nancy is a wonderful choice for this award. Nancy’s leadership in the community has been significant, including key roles at East Texas Communities Foundation, The University of Texas at Tyler and currently as vice president of Community Relations for The Hospice of East Texas.”

The recipient of the Gertrude Windsor Award last year, former Mayor Barbara Bass, will also be in attendance at the Philanthropy Celebration to introduce the award ceremony.

For further information regarding PATH Week events or to make reservations, contact Kim Lessner at 903-617-2825.