Community Missions of Niagara Frontier held its 22nd annual "Compassion in Action" awards brunch Thursday afternoon to honor many of the volunteers and supporters that make its mission possible.
Hosted by The LaSalle Yacht Club, the brunch is structured to honor those who help the agency throughout the year, while also recognizing award winners from six of the organization's departments. In addition, a Director's Award is presented by Executive Director Robyn L. Krueger, and the Sharon Kroetsch Memorial Award is bestowed upon a chosen board member.
"Today we are honored to show our gratitude and appreciation to the individuals and organizations that give so much of themselves to help others," Krueger said. "The gratitude we feel is full; it makes our work complete; it fills people who come to the mission with a sense of compassion; and without them, our work would be much more difficult."
Approximately 100 attendees, including James Ward representing State Sen. George Maziarz and Bonnie Kane Lockwood representing Congressman Brian Higgins, honored the following award winners:
•JoAnne Paxon, Janssen Pharmaceuticals - Mental Health Recovery Services Award
•Panera Bread, Military Road (No. 601620) - Crisis and Community Services Award
•Kristen M. LaGamba, United Way of Greater Niagara Inc. - Finance Award
•Robert Inwards - Public Relations Award
•North Tonawanda Police Department - Mental Health Housing Services Award
•Laura J. Kelemen, LCSW-R, Child Advocacy Center of Niagara - Youth Services Award
•Grigg Lewis Foundation - Director's Award
•Barbara Northan, CMI board member - Susan Kroetsch Memorial Award
In 2013, Community Missions served more than 75,000 meals and provided nearly 11,000 nights of care to neglected or abused children and homeless adults. Additional agency programs serve adults and youth with psychiatric disabilities, parolees, at-risk youth and other underserved populations in both residential and recovery-oriented settings.
For more information on the services and programs provided by Community Missions, visit www.communitymissions.org or connect via Facebook and Twitter.