We celebrated this milestone event with a dinner and awards banquet on Friday April 27th at Compass Park Event Center in Franklin. Over 120 friends joined us at this new venue—and the feedback about the food and location has been overwhelmingly positive!
The highlight of the evening was the awards celebration honoring the 2017 achievements of clients, friends and staff of Gateway. In a nod to our mission statement, the first awards of the evening were given to those whose efforts mirrored our Mission Statement.
A Future Without Limits—Kalie Pitman
Create Opportunity—Rachel Smith
Change Lives—Mount Pleasant Christian Church
Outstanding Individual achievement winners included Nate Irskins, Lindsey Wilson, Carter Borders and Andrew Pierce.
Other winners included Employer of the Year Rick Gillam, Access Johnson County Passenger of the Year Jamie Lucas, Our Super Hero 2017 winner Southside Toys and More, Advocacy Award winner Meghan Strole, Leadership Award winner Lance McMurray, and We Are Family award winner Kevin Aders.
A favorite part of the evening was the Client Long Haul Awards. These awards are given to those we serve who have gotten their first job ever (three people!) or are celebrating another year of being employed (sixty two people!). From one year to thirty one years—the joy and excitement on their faces as the received their certificates reminds us why we love what we do! Congratulations to our Long Haul Winners!
And finally a big heartfelt to all our employees for making our Mission a reality every day!
5 years of dedicated service—Joe Brewington, Jeanetta Gose, Bonnie Wise, Glenna Vibbert, Steve Springer, Bill Thomas and Bill Harrell!
10 years of dedicated service—Buddy Rhoades, Tim Rohl and Jim Hyde!
15 years of dedicated service—Deanna Kirkwood!
20 years of dedicated service—Leann Modica!
And 25 years of dedicated service—Rebecca Allen and Karen Luehmann!
Fearless Leaders—Rebecca Allen and Eve Pressnell Moore
Rookie of the Year—William Hamilton
Rock Star 2017—Betsy Williams
And Employee of the Year—Roger Hamilton!
A big thank you to our sponsors!