Power of 9 Luncheon Recognizes Community Volunteers

Power of 9 Honors Luncheon Recognizes Community Volunteers

BATON ROUGE, LA (February 16, 2017) Capital Area United Way recognized its Power of 9 Award recipients from 2016 on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Boudreaux’s in Baton Rouge. The event, sponsored by Capital One Bank and in partnership with WAFB-TV Channel 9, recognized outstanding individual volunteers and groups within our community.

On the last Thursday of each month, WAFB’s Donna Britt features a volunteer or volunteer group on the Channel 9 evening news. The Power of 9 Honors Volunteer Recognition Luncheon brings together all of the featured volunteers from the past year and recognizes their individual, outstanding accomplishments. Britt served as this year’s emcee.

Guests were welcomed by Chris Haskew, Louisiana Market President for Capital One Bank followed by an Invocation from Reverend Patrick Bell. Before the awards presentation, Antione Lacey with Our America Writer’s and Artists’ Project recited an original poem. Following the awards, Desiree James and Antira Jackson, also presented original pieces of poetry to the guests. The closing was presented by Capital Area United Way CEO/President, George Bell.

Community volunteers may be nominated at any time by visiting www.CAUW.org/Power-9 The 2016 Honorees were:

January: Brett Henchy volunteer with Boy Scouts of America, St. Aloysious Church
February: Manna Givers volunteers with Society of St. Vincent de Paul
March: Howard and Carolyn Vigie volunteers with Capital Area United Way and Istrouma Baptist Church April: Dow Chemical STEM Volunteers with the Dow STEM Program
May: Carol Ducote and Mary Vedros with Southside and Charlie's Place, Alzheimer's Centers
June: Cliff Barton with Greater Baton Rouge State Fair
July: The Giving Quilt
August: Bea Gyimah with The Our America Writers' and Artists' Project
September: Christopher Solite with YWCA
October: Alexandria Whitten with Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC)
November: Dr. Sarah Becker with The Golden Alliance and Front Yard Bikes
December: ExxonMobil Season of Caring Volunteers with Capital Area United Way

For photos of the event visit the Capital Area United Way Facebook page.

Capital Area United Way

Capital Area United Way works to create a community where everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential. CAUW is leading a movement to focus donated resources on programs that have significant impact within our communities; to move the needle by addressing our greatest needs. We are creating a pattern of real change by putting people in a position to achieve their full potential. Our efforts focus on impacting our communities in the areas of: education, income stability, health, basic needs, and community level strategies. To see the impact and learn how you can be the one, please visit ThePowerOf1United.org.