11Alive will celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the 11Alive Community Service Awards, April 10, 2007. The Community Service Awards will be broadcast on 11Alive. Each year the Community Service Awards honors eleven outstanding local volunteers who have demonstrated selfless devotion for the betterment of the community. 11Alive News Anchors Brenda Wood and Wes Sarginson host the prime time telecast and the proceeds go to charity. This year the dinner/telecast will benefit Atlanta Union Mission. The 2007 Community Service Awards recipients are:
Julius Alexander, for founding Aviation Career Enrichment, a youth motivational program which operates a flight academy for students between the ages of 9 and 18.
Organization: Aviation Career Enrichment
Trudy Dickinson, for 15 years of volunteering as a tutor at Hambrick Elementary School, reading to and mentoring the students.
Dickinson Organization: Hambrick Elementary School
Ryan Gembala and Garrett Gravesen, for founding H.E.R.O. for Children, a mentoring and activity program for children with AIDS and HIV.
Organization: H.E.R.O. for Children
Haley Kilpatrick, for founding Girl Talk, a mentoring program through schools where high school girls encourage and mentor girls in middle school.
Organization: Girl Talk
John McLaughlin, for forming the North Metro Miracle League in Atlanta, a barrier free sports facility where children who are physically challenged can participate in sporting events either as athletes or spectators.
Organization: North Metro Miracle League
Ken Massingale, for over 25 years of service with the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, founding Operation Eye Care, a used eye glass recycling program and Cells for Sight, a cell phone recycling program which raises money for eye surgery.
Organization: Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation
Sebri Omer, for building Yemage Medical Center, a 45 bed hospital in his native home of Harar, Ethiopia.
Organization: Yemage Medical Center
Judith Price, for founding Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption, a volunteer based no kill animal shelter where animals are rescued, treated and groomed for adoption and owners are educated about having healthy relationships with the pets.
Organization: Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption
Roscoe Speaks, for volunteering the past five years at Embracing Hospice, providing encouragement and laughter to the patients.
Organization: Embracing Hospice
Leotha Womble, for over 3000 hours of volunteer service with Center for the Visually Impaired STARS program for visually impaired youth, assisting students and teachers during the After School Enrichment program.
Organization: Center for the Visually Impaired
Boisfeuillet Jones Award R. Charles Loudermilk, Sr., for a life of business and community leadership as the founder, chairman and CEO of Aaron Rents, Inc. Charlie is the founder and past Chairman of the Buckhead Coalition, chairman of the Buckhead Community Bank and has served on the board of directors of the Corporation for Olympic Development, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, the downtown Rotary Club, the Piedmont Hospital Foundation Board, the Archbold Hospital Foundation in Thomasville, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and the Lovett School. He served on the MARTA Board of Directors for four years including two years as Chairman and he was a member of the Omni Group that built the Omni and brought professional hockey and basketball to Atlanta with the Flames and the Hawks.
Organizations: Aaron Rents, Inc., Buckhead Coalition, Buckhead Community Bank