The Center for Human Services held their annual recognition luncheon at the Sedalia Country Club at 11:30 this (Friday) morning. The luncheon recognizes outstanding groups and individuals who have contributed to the success of the center over the past year.

Ann Graff, the Executive Director for the center, along with other staff members presented those who were chosen to receive that honor this year. The award for outstanding generosity was given to Starline Inc., Don and Bonnie Brandes and Dr. Donald and Janet Proctor. A Special Event highlight award went to the Bothwell Hotel. The Volunteers of the Year were the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program. For Outstanding Employment Opportunities, Maxion Wheels and Reel & Trigger Resort of Warsaw represented all the companies who provide good jobs at the center’s facilities, as well competitive employment for the community. For Community Involvement, the plaque was presented to Pettis County Partnership.

Employees of the year were Carla Martin and Carrie Hayes. Honorary Board members went to retired members Earl Finley who served on the board from 1990 until early 2013, and Barbara Schulz who served from 1996 until 2011. For the Lifetime Achievement award, the center chose James T. Buckley Sr. who was a charter member of the Pettis County Board of Services for the Developmentally Disabled in 1979 and has served on the board for 34 years.

For Outstanding Personal Growth Awards given for reaching their goals and objectives in community living, the workplace and family and child development, the awards were as follows. For Community Living: April Urcioli, for Service Coordination: Brittni Willadsen, for Community Employment Services: Krista Lance, for Facility Employment Services: Lance Thompson, and for Family and Child Development: Robert Heimsoth.