Caressa Flannery and her company, Create-a-Pulse Marketing, produced and presented its first DoGood-er Awards. Karlys Kline was the keynote speaker and the event was held at The Arc of Frederick County.
Proceeds from the Oct. 11 event benefited The Arc of Frederick County and Save Our Children, the support arm of MD Heroin Awareness Advocates, Frederick County Chapter.
The 2016 DoGood-er winners:
- Michele Mills, the All-Star DoGood-er, is a CPA in accounting and auditing at Draper and McGinley. She is a member of the Woman to Woman Mentoring organization,has helped raise over $200,000 for the organization and scholarships.
- Jackson LeBlanc, winner of the Youth DoGood-er, is a student at Tuscarora High School. He founded Backpack Buddies and was granted a Youth Service Grant by the Sodexho Foundation, all to inspire other young people to get involved to help fight hunger. Through his passion for helping feed hungry children, he was awarded a Governor’s Award for Service from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
- Joe Parsley, winner of the Business DoGood-er, is owner of Frederick Shell Carwash and foster parent along with his wife, Gloria, for the past 25 years. He offers employment to unskilled individuals providing training and support and the ability to improve skills.
- Pamela Knight, winner of the Education DoGood-er, is an instructional assistant at Linganore High School. She volunteers for MD Heroin Awareness Advocates providing education, awareness and advocacy to families needing support with heroin and opiate addiction. She brought a nationally recognized documentary on addiction to Frederick to support families and those in recovery, to lift stigmatism.
- Lt. Jason Keckler, winner of the Public Service DoGood-er, Frederick Police Department, now retired. He works with the Frederick County Coalition for the Homeless, SHIP and sits on the board of On Our Own, working to provide peer support, advocacy and education to recipients with mental health issues. He formed an annual charity softball game, Guns and Hoses, that has raised over $20,000 for Frederick Police Activities League programs for youth.
- Danny Farrar, winner of the Military DoGood-er, is owner of SoldierFit, a nine-year military veteran of the U.S. Army, including a tour in Iraq, a former firefighter and EMT, and founder and president of Platoon 22 to combat veteran suicides. He motivates others to rebuild the American power of civic engagement.
- Korey Shorb, winner of the 2nd Chance DoGood-er, is a community health outreach worker, Frederick County Health Department. From incarceration, he participated in and graduated from the Frederick County Drug Court Program and continues to speak, mentor and provide support to those in recovery in that program. He serves on Heroin Strategic Planning Committee and Wells House at Gale Recovery Advisory committee.
For more information on the awards, visit www. dogooderawards.com.