The Center for Human Services recognized a variety of individuals and groups that excelled in many ways over the past year with an awards luncheon held at the Sedalia Country Club on Friday.

CHS CEO Ann Graff said the luncheon “is a chance to say thank you to all the people who have volunteered for us, our board members, community members, and also the individuals that we serve who have had personal growth,” she said immediately after the awards were distributed.

“So this is really just our way to say thank you back to the community,” said Graff, who has worked at CHS for 33 years. “It's my whole career, and it's wonderful to go to work every day,” she said.

CHS serves over 5,000 individuals in 38 counties. The Center on Friday also honored outstanding personal growth, which shows how people with disabilities are able to overcome odds to become the best people they can be,” Graff concluded.

A list of the award recipients includes:

Outstanding Generosity
County Distributing - 10th Annual Turkey Trot
The Sedalia Lions Club donates to CHS  & the Garlich Center, and won a Generosity Award for a Fun For All Playground project located at 1538 East Vest Street in Marshall. Jessica Borchers and Jeff Kesterson of the Sedalia Lions Club accepted the award.

Outstanding Employment Opportunities
The City of Marshall – Dave Haugland, city administrator; and Bill Anderson, director of Municipal Services
Little Caesars of Sedalia – Deborah Roettgen, manager; and Jacob Carver, co-manager

Community Involvement
Heart of America – Jack and Susan Menges & crew
Bothwell PEAK Sport & Spine – Kristin Arnold, Ashley Klein, Kory Bohling, Sarah Grupe, Martha Hagston, Mike Trammell & John Starke
Bothwell Orthopedics Sports Medcine – Dr. Doug Kiburz

Employees of the Year
Reba Lay – Administration
Mikaela Schenerwrek – Program Services

Honorary Board Members
Richard Parkhurst
Van VanDyke

Outstanding Personal Growth
Hope Self, Employment Services; Gordon McKinney, Community Living; Christian Peters, Service Coordination; Dixon Larimore, Family & Child Development; and Randy Webster, employment Services

CHS Board President Cliff Callis presented a plaque to each award winner.

The theme this year was “Life Without Limitations.” for more information, go to www.chs-mo.org.

In the top photo: Shown is Dixon Larimore and his parents Sara and Garrett Larimore. Dixon won an award for outstanding personal growth Friday at the Sedalia Country Club.