At the Harford Community Action Agency's annual awards… (Bobby Parker for The Aegis,…)
Harford Community Action Agency honored volunteers, supporting organizations and individuals and employees at it annual awards dinner at the Bayou Restaurant in Havre de Grace Oct. 13.
AMES United Methodist Church in Bel Air was honored with a Partnership Award for its support of the Community Action Agency food bank and food pantries through the annual Race for the Hungry.
Donna Lewis, one of the organizers of the AMES effort, said the event at Edgeley Grove Park in Fallston raised more than $11,000 for the food pantry.
Mason-Dixon Community Services also received a Partnership Award.
Also honored at the banquet was Cliff Giles, manager of the food bank and pantry, who was named Employee of the Year.
The agency bestowed its Joanne Parrott Community Services Award on Klein's ShopRite of Maryland and the Ralph and Shirley Klein Foundation for their support of its program. The three-year-old award is named in memory of the late Harford County councilwoman Joanne Parrott, who was also a Harford Community Action board member.
Volunteer of the Year Award was given to John Sullivan of Full House Press in Bel Air.
Platinum sponsors for this year's banquet were Eighty East Bel Air LTD/David and Diana Saulsburg and IWIF.
Gold sponsors were Executive Publishing and Charlie and Kim Wagner.
Silver sponsor was Beacon Staffing Alternatives Inc./Sheryl Davis Kohl.
Bronze sponsors were Bel Air Veterinary Hospital Inc., Boyle Buick, BTU Energy LLC, Corbin Fuel Company and WSMT Insurance.
In addition to its food bank and panty, Harford County Community Action Agency coordinates the Harford County Fuel Fund and other local energy assistance programs and provides counseling, assistance and education in homeless prevention and financial literacy.