Honoring the outstanding volunteers dedicated to ensuring students complete their education on time, Chanel and Cecil Shorts III partnered with United Way of Northeast Florida to host an Achievers For Life mentor recognition event on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the new Sweet Pete’s location downtown.
The event included food, drinks and reflection on the accomplishments achieved through personal mentoring, and honored the special work of volunteers. One of the most exciting additions to the event was the Cecil Shorts III Mentor Awards for “MVP Mentor of the Year,” “Rookie of the Year” and “Company of the Year.” Out of 48 nominations, 10 were selected as finalists and one winner was recognized in each category.
We’re delighted to announce the following award recipients:
Veteran of the Year
Mickey has served as an Achievers For Life mentor to Tierney for two years now, following his mentee through school changes and academic adjustments. Tierney has made impressive academic progress, and says that Mickey has truly become one of his best friends.
“I’m very proud of the progress Tierney has made,” McCown shared, beaming about his mentee.
“Caring” and “warm-hearted” are just a couple of words used to described Erin Homan by Phillia, her mentee at Eugene Butler Middle. Erin has been an outstanding mentor in her first year as part of Achievers For Life.
“We’re always more effective when we work together,” said Homan. “I believe she and I have what it takes to ensure a lasting bond and positive future for her life.”
Company of the Year
As a United Way Summit Award winner and exemplary company in philanthropy and volunteerism, Availity has become a model for company engagement. Under the leadership of CEO Russ Thomas, Availity adopted Ribault Middle School two years ago.
They made a big impact, from providing up to 46 mentors to hosting field days and spelling bees. This year’s award recognizes the company’s accomplishment of adding five new mentors to their roster.
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