Sistercare names Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
Volunteers of Sistercare, Inc. were the honored guests at a special luncheon Thursday, September 9, 2004. Jimmy Stevenson,owner of Leaside and Southern Way Catering, received the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award.
The Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award is given to the volunteer who dedicated an outstanding amount of time and effort to assist Sistercare in ending domestic violence. Jimmy Stevenson is most deserving of this honor.
Stevenson is a former member of Sistercare’s Board of Directors and long time supporter. He has had a major impact on Sistercare’s ability to help battered women and their children in our community.
Last year, Stevenson helped develop and bring about the most successful fundraiser in Sistercare’s history, the 2003 Songbird Café. Over $55,000 was netted from the event. Jimmy obtained the musical talent of Edwin McCain and Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish. He also donated his staff resources, use of his banquet facilities at Leaside, and provided the delicious hors d’oeuvres.
The Songbird Café set a benchmark for all future Sistercare fundraisers. Thanks to Stevenson’s leadership, the groundwork has been set for the Songbird Café to become Sistercare’s annual branded fundraiser. Stevenson was recognized for his support of victims of domestic violence through his persistence, determination, vision, and generosity.
During the luncheon, Sistercare honored the achievements of volunteers who have shown special dedication throughout the year. “Volunteers contribute countless hours and energy to help victims of domestic violence. They deserve to be honored in a special way,” said Lashanda Palmer, Sistercare volunteer coordinator.
Local sponsors for the event included US Foodservice, Simply Weddings Decorations, and Tronco’s Catering.
Sistercare is a private, 501( c )3, organization serving victims of domestic violence in Newberry, Richland, Fairfield, Lexington, and Kershaw counties. Sistercare is a member agency of the United Way.