Dedicated Volunteers Honored
The Clay County Humane Society honored some of its most dedicated volunteers and some of our community’s animal advocates at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on January 27th. Over a delicious dinner at the Talon in Eagle Harbor Golf Club and with dozens of friends of the Society in company, CCHS recognized individuals and businesses for their outstanding contributions in 2016 in advancing the mission of the organization in “the prevention of cruelty to animals, the relief of suffering among animals, and the extension of humane education”.
Volunteer of the Year – Mary Ann Baugh
Humane Educator of the Year – Dr. Judy Coll-Roman
Humane Business of the Year – Black Knight
Employee of the Year – Keiko Day & Rachel Janosz
Recognition Award – Kim Pugh
Recognition Award – Frank & Chrissy Yournette
Special recognition was also given posthumously to Kim Stordahl, founder and president of The Old Dog House for her tireless efforts to saving animals. The Old Dog House is a Jacksonville based non-profit dedicated to rescuing senior dogs.
Jake & Scout Award: Rebekah Harp
The Jake & Scout award is for that rare individual that goes above and beyond in their dedication to animal welfare. Reserved for a person whose efforts create a more humane world, the Jake & Scout award is the animal welfare equivalent of a Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s recipient, Rebekah Harp, truly embodies the essence of this special honor. Over the years, Rebekah has given much of her personal time and effort not just to Clay Humane, but to many other non-profits organizations. The epitome of activism, she has orchestrated fundraisers, volunteered at animal sanctuaries, and has incorporated kindness to all creatures into her Sunday school lessons - even hosted an animal themed vacation bible school. Rebekah recently held a successful animal expo at her church that both showcased different rescue groups and raised money for them. Rebekah also operates Muttworks, a program in which jewelry and artwork are crafted and sold to benefit animals in the community. She recently won the “Positively Jax” Awards given by WJXT for her tireless efforts on behalf of local non-profits, as well. Rebekah has a gift with animals and children and is an exemplary teacher and enthusiastic steward of the Junior Humane Society she formed at WE Cherry Elementary. The Junior Humane Society welcomes all students, and has helped cultivate a sense of kindness, responsibility, and compassion for animals in hundreds of children over the years. We thank Rebekah, for not only serving Clay Humane but for being an advocate for the animals and for the less fortunate in our community and beyond. Her father said it best, “I am so proud of her. She blesses us all, animals and humans. She is a superlative teacher and humanitarian.”