The Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission and the International Cherry Blossom Festival honored dozens of volunteers Thursday during the organizations' 42nd annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Luncheon. The ceremony is held to thank the volunteers who support the festival and help carry out the commission's mission of beautification, litter prevention and recycling, according to a news release.
The awards were presented by KMBBC board Chairwoman Theresa Robinson and CBF board Chairman Thomas Bacote.
MACON-BIBB COUNTY GOVERNMENT AWARDS
Macon-Bibb County Officer of the Year: Deputy Bryan Frizzell; Macon-Bibb County Firefighter of the Year: Capt. Joseph Herndon Sr.;
Macon-Bibb County Facilities Management Employee of the Year: Derrick Williams; Macon-Bibb County Code Enforcement Employee of the Year: Jerome Reid; Macon-Bibb County Parks and Beautification Employee of the Year: Bill Fulger; Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation Employee of the Year: Erik Yowell; Macon-Bibb County Public Works Employee of the Year: Jimmel Brown; Macon-Bibb County Solid Waste Department Employee of the Year, Patricia Raines.
Beautification Award: Leadership Macon Class of 2015; Downtown Business Award: Taste and See Coffee Shop and Alley Outdoor Café; Suburban Business
Award: Macon Outdoor Power; Historical Restoration Award: McDuffie Center for Strings; House of Worship Award: Pierce Chapel at Wesleyan College; Neighborhood Housing Award: Tattnall Place; New Business Award: The Cancer Life Center at the Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, Navicent Health; Litter Prevention Award: Carlyle Place, Navicent Health; Adopt-A-Spot Award: Phi Beta Sigma fraternity; Recycling Award: Riverside Optimist Club; Youth Recycling Award: Macon-Bibb Economic Opportunity Council-Head Start Program; Campus of the Year: St. Joseph's Catholic School; Yard of the Year: Hannah and Rick Wallace; Thumbprint Award: Carole Grant; Youth of the Year: Tarab Ajjan; Business Award: Advanced Disposal; Volunteer Award: Christopher Blake; Carolyn Crayton Award: Beverly Olson; William A. Fickling Sr. Award: Robert McDuffie.
Pink Blossom Award of Excellence: Mary Amerson, posthumously; Lee Crayton Award of Excellence: Tom and Beth Harmon, Alan Thiese and Lee Carswell; Unsung Hero Award of Excellence: Bob Berg and Marvin Riggins; Saved by the Bell Award of Excellence: Lisa McClendon, Terry Jordan and David Kennedy; Media Partner Award of Excellence: Moises Velez; Ambassador of the Year: Betty Ragland, Think Pink Committee, S.M.A.R.T. (South Macon Arts Revitalization Technology); Making a Big Difference Award of Excellence: SOZO, Daybreak, Rescue Mission of Middle Georgia, Mentors Project, Men About Change, Blossoming Hearts and Loaves and Fishes Ministry; Pink Baron Award of Excellence: Lee Robinson, posthumously;
Volunteer of the Year Award of Excellence: Rhonda Moulder.