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Saying thanks to those who serve

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 2:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 2:09 p.m. CDT
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Hall Township Food Pantry volunteer Art Hovick of Arlington gets ready to use the zipline at Echo Bluff Park. The Food Pantry held a luncheon at the park to thank its volunteers.

SPRING VALLEY – Project Success board members and volunteers from the Walmart Distribution Center prepared a thank-you lunch at Echo Bluff Park for volunteers from Hall Township Food Pantry. The volunteers were honored for their selfless work on behalf of the people served by the Hall Food Pantry in Spring Valley.

Jan Martin, director of Project Success, kicked off the event with a history of Echo Bluff and an overview of the people served and good work done by the volunteers.

Recognizing each member of the daily work crews, Martin noted that even though the workload had increased over the past few years, the honored volunteers had stepped up to meet the needs of the community they serve, and for that the board, director and community were grateful.

“At Project Success we have over 40 volunteers who regularly devote their time and effort to helping to feed the hungry in eastern Bureau County,” said Martin. “People come to us for help during the tough times, then will often come back to help out others when their lives have taken a turn for the better. It is incredibly satisfying when we see that happen.”

Individuals honored for their volunteerism included Laurie Abrahams, Shirley Adrian, Larry Ballerine, Jean Bogacz, Jerry Bonucchi, Dean and Patti Cinotte, Jean Conway, Betty Corsolini, Janice Dalzot, Nancy Floroplus, Sandy Galetti, Marie Giordano, Jan Grivetti, Larry Grubar, Adela Guzman, Eileen Hovick, Bev and Bruce Lamps, Jeanie and Elmer Liesse, Ethel Lund, Mary Jane Marini, Jim and Rita Martinkus, Mariann Mavity, Linda Micheli, Compton Mitchell, Mardy Moreno, Norma Muzzerelli, Adele Piano, Jane Piccatto, Vicky Piotrowski, Sharon Riva, Greg Schaill, Kathi Sebastian, Dalene Sweezey, Bill Swisher, Bernard and Audrey Thompson, Pat Thompson, Molly Thrasher, Mary Jane Tonozzi, Deb Tostovarsnik and Brittany Whatcott.

Echo Bluff High Ropes certified instructors volunteered to run the zipline and several volunteers took them up on the offer. Echo Bluff’s course is located deep in the woods and through the goodness of Leone Polaris, volunteers were shuttled down the trails in a six-passenger Polaris Ranger.

In addition to the volunteers honored for their service to the pantry, Martin recognized award-winning local nature photographer and owner of ifocus2 Photography and Graphic Design, April Casey-Reaska of Granville, for her design of the Echo Bluff logo, which she donated to Project Success and which will be featured in the new highway signage on Interstate 80 at exit 70.

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