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5/15/12 — 2012 Goodwill Honorees

Goodwill Honors Partners, Community, and Program Participants during 40th Anniversary Luncheon.

Melissa Smith, Morning Anchor for TV 7&4 acted as Master of Ceremonies. Chris MacInnes, Co-Owner and COO Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa delivered an inspiring address. She shared a personal story about Crystal’s growth and transformation, and she challenged other local leaders and business owners to join in Goodwill’s vision by supporting our region’s people in need.

Goodwill is pleased to recognize the following award recipients:

Achiever of the Year – Dann McCarthy
Click here to read Dann’s story and view video.
Dann McCarthy Achiever of the Year




Graduate of the Year – Amy Landgraf

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Amy and Cecil


Goodwill Partner honorees

These honorees were recognized for their partnership with Goodwill, exceptional leadership and commitment to changing lives.

AARP Tax Aide Program

The AAARPARP Foundation program is built on the premise that caring, dedicated volunteers empower low- income and senior tax filers to properly apply for and receive tax refunds they might otherwise not be aware of. Over the past five years, these additional resources have helped hundreds of Goodwill clients and community members progress along their path toward independence and an improved quality of life.

Cadillac High School Community-based Work Program

Cadillac High School VikingFor the past nine years, the Cadillac High School Community-based Work Program has provided practical, concrete, hands-on learning work experience for freshmen, sophomore and junior students with developmental disabilities. The program allows students to develop work ethics and learn work skills at the Cadillac Goodwill Store and other local businesses that prepare them for gainful employment after graduation.

Elk Rapids Amvets Post #114

Amvets photo luncheonThe Elk Rapids Amvets have done a tremendous job in raising awareness about the needs of homeless veterans in our community. Last November’s pig roast raised much needed capital funds for Patriot Place. Members of the Post also made the first Christmas at Patriot Place a very special and heartwarming occasion. They handpicked and delivered gifts to each resident. They also installed a 42” TV in the Patriot Place community room. The Amvets from Post #114 continue to host events to support the veterans at Patriot Place.

Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation

Herrington Fitch Leslie LeeThrough a grant from the Herrington-Fitch Family Foundation, Workforce Development has been able to provide transitional employment opportunities for guests of the Goodwill Inn. Program participants have had the opportunity to work outdoors on “green jobs” doing meaningful work that impacts our environment while at the same time, building their confidence and their job skills. Through this partnership, positive work opportunities have helped program participants find and transition into competitive employment.

Unsung Hero Honorees

Central United Methodist Church – Community Outreach


Central United Church 100x134Central United Methodist Church Community Outreach program provides a vital and immeasurable impact on individuals experiencing homelessness on the streets. The program provides a place where individuals can access a hot breakfast, take a shower, use the telephone and avoid inclement weather. It also provides Street Outreach staff with the opportunity to engage with people experiencing homelessness and a safe venue in which we can offer life changing referrals for critical services. The Community Outreach program provides an enormous benefit to our community.

Marilee Schlack

Marilee SMarilee Schlackchlack is a long-time supporter of Goodwill’s housing mission. She is a community landlord who makes her well-kept, well-located properties consistently available to low income, disadvantaged or disabled adults who might otherwise be unable to secure safe and reasonably priced housing. Marilee’s units are not only affordable but available to Goodwill-recommended tenants without concern for credit or criminal history. Marilee’s primary interest is in how each tenant plans to build a responsible future, pay rent, take good care of the property, be a good neighbor, and abide by terms and conditions in the lease. Stable housing allows a person with disadvantages or disabilities a steady base from which to work on other barriers to success.Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan is celebrating 40 years of helping people overcome barriers to independence! Our annual “In Unity with Community” luncheon, held on May 9th in Traverse City, highlighted this special anniversary, and honored the successes of the people we serve. Our many partners and community leaders were also acknowledged for their dedication and support.

Mary Stanton Award Winner – Terry Berden

TTerry Berden Mary Stanton Awardhe Mary Stanton Award recognizes a special individual who personifies the spirit of Goodwill and Goodwill’s mission to help people overcome barriers to independence. This award is indicative of a person who is a Goodwill ambassador to the community at large, is dedicated to serving those in need and who understands that it is better to give than to receive.

Terry is a person of unending compassion, a person that is always willing to lend a hand, a kind word, a shoulder to lean on or even a dollar to get you by. He personifies the spirit of Goodwill and relates to the challenges of our disabled and disadvantaged neighbors and enthusiastically works to see them be all that they can be.

Terry freely shares his vast expertise, time, talents and resources as a valued Goodwill Board member and as a community leader. His non-hesitant answer to a challenge no matter the size or need to positively impact lives is, “What can I do?”

We are pleased to honor Terry Berden as our Mary Stanton Award winner.


Volunteer of the Year  – Dianna Terrell

Dianna Terrell Volunteer of the YearDianna Terrell doesn’t JUST give time.  She gives passion, enthusiasm and energy to so many of our programs.  Her tenacious advocacy brings new friends to Goodwill. Her willingness to leave no stone unturned is an inspiration to others and a testimony to how she feels about Goodwill and the GOOD WORK we do in our communities.

In one short year, Dianna has touched the lives of those we serve through nearly every Goodwill initiative, from meal service at the Goodwill Inn, to Food Drives, Holiday Needs, Workers on Wheels, Food Rescue Cooking Matters and Patriot Place fundraising.  She is truly our beloved “Volunteer Extraordinaire” who has won the hearts of many and earned the respect and admiration of her volunteer peers!


Employee of the Year – Kelly Fitzpatrick

Kelly Fitzpatrick and Mary StantonGoodwill is very fortunate to have Kelly Fitzpatrick on our team as our Fund Development Specialist. In the past year, she has revamped the way we organize donor data, and improved the way we communicate with the people who support us and improved our grant management process– ensuring that each of our unique programs has an opportunity to secure grant funding.

As a part-time team member Kelly is able to juggle schedules of Goodwill program managers, deadlines, and her family to ensure that we maximize funding and grant opportunities.

Her hard work, dedication, patience and creative thinking exemplifies the mission of Goodwill, and we are proud to award her the honor of Employee of the Year.


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