Georgetown, Kentucky (May 29, 2015) — Local non-profit organizations were the beneficiaries of $43,000 dollars and more than 20,000 volunteer hours in 2014 through the efforts of more than 200 participants in TMMK’s Volunteers In Place (VIP) program. Eleven of those volunteers were honored at a dinner held at Malone’s Banquets in Lexington on Saturday, May 9, for donating the highest number of hours to community non-profits this past year.
Bethany Giordano of Georgetown was recognized as TMMK’s 2014 Volunteer of the Year and received a $3,000 check to present to the Scott County Humane Society. Bryan Barker of Georgetown was selected as the Rookie of the Year for having the most volunteer hours of any new member of the program for 2014. He received a check for $500 to present to Kentucky Sidewinders Softball Team.
Four finalists: David Burke of Burlington, Todd Kissick of Lexington, Mike Miller of Georgetown, and David Whitley of Georgetown each received $1,500 for their favorite charity at the dinner. Five semi-finalists: Anthony Giordano of Georgetown, Kenny Merritt of Richmond, James “J.P.” Switzer of Cynthiana, Billy Wells of Springfield, and Carla Wright of Brandenburg received $500 for the community non-profits for whom they volunteer.
The VIP program has been in place at TMMK since 1994. It rewards team members who volunteer with local non-profit organization with grants of up to $400 annually that are given to a charity of their choice as recognition for their efforts.
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