On May 18, Second Helpings board members and staff joined more than 80 volunteers and guests to honor our Bluffton-based volunteers. They enjoyed a beautiful Sun City venue, perfect weather, the music of The Jazz Biscuits Band and BBQ from Jim & Nick’s. Second Helpings board members served food and drink to honor the attendees.
Bob Schmidt (pictured along with Executive Director Marcus Tanner, at left), a truck volunteer, was named Bluffton Volunteer of the Year. He was nominated by a fellow volunteer, who said, ”Bob makes himself available for his scheduled runs as well as filling in for others. Bob is a personable guy who is always willing to assist, he is pleasant and has a positive personality. From driving to helping to assisting, Bob is always willing to give of himself!”
Also recognized at the event were the following Bluffton volunteers:
Don Berg, Jack Castro, Tony Morris, Ed Raney, Larry Schmidt and Bill Usher received a Second Helpings model truck, commemorating their more than 250 trips since joining Second Helpings.
Dan Collins, Bob Grando, Joe OHayer and Nancy Rosenthal – Gold Fork (between 200 and 250 trips)
John Ovaska, Bob Schmidt and Karl Vogt – Silver Fork (between 150 and 200 trips)
George Bundy, Paul Higgins, John Pickens and Dick Tullie – Gold Spoon (between 100 and 150 trips)
Tom BeGasse, Will Charlebois, Doug Dixon, Ed Gruel, Bob Judd and Chuck MacNeil – Silver Spoon (between 50 and 100 trips).
Thank you to Sun City TV for covering the event!
The Bluffton event was the last of three Volunteer Appreciation Events. Earlier this month, the board and staff honored Hilton Head and Beaufort volunteers.
This year marks Second Helpings’ 30th anniversary. We have gone from 14 volunteers in 1992 to more than 325 today, and have delivered more than 40 million pounds of food delivered to agencies to feed the hungry in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties.