Blue-Ribbon Volunteer Appreciation Party

August 31, 2016


On Tuesday, April 19, nearly 175 American Royal volunteers, Governors and staff members gathered for a good, old-fashioned State Fair-themed appreciation party. Revelers roamed the Grand Hall, enjoying corn dogs, lemonade, sliders, Kansas “Sunflower Salad” provided by Bichelmeyer Meats, pretzel bites, Ma and Pa Bichelmeyer’s famous sheet cake and perhaps a few beer from our event sponsor Boulevard Brewing.
But the highlight of the night was when we honored the real heroes of the event: our volunteers. After remarks from American Royal President & CEO Lynn Parman and Chairman of the Board of Directors Angie Stanland, Fox-4 Morning Anchorman Mark Alford heralded the night’s big winners:

Harsh Award

Top Volunteer – Jim Martin

Lifetime Achievement

Bob Hovey and Neil Orth

Family Service

Earl and Jill Allen Family

Rookie of the Year

Brad Garrison

Team Award

American Royal Chairman’s Club

COPE Award (Cooperation, Optimism, Perseverance, Enthusiasm)

Todd Harrington
Kurt Mayo
Jim McDonald
Cheryl Parker
Vicki Hamilton

Shining Stars

Paige Wellendorf
Todd Firkins
Deke Rohrbach
Tracy Tetrick
Kim Hibdon
Matt Hogan
Valeria Powell
Matt Pinnell
Patrick Payne
Stephanie Boryla

Top Volunteers (200 hours or more)

Carol Petrus
Glynda Miller
Philip Petrus
Sister Mary Laura Huddleston
Kay Jeffries
Gene Harp
Jenny Stuerzl
Sharon Harp
Valeria Powell
Judy Rainwater