Friday, November 5, 2004

McElroy honored for driving seniors

Good Things Happening

Allen Howard

Everett McElroy, a TriHealth SeniorLink driver, was named winner of the 2004 Marie-Louise Ansak Award for his dedication and involvement with clients.

He received the honor at the annual meeting of the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly last week in Miami.

His job involves driving people to and from the program's Day Health Center.

Everett McElroy (center) is flanked by Ellen Garcia and Shawn Bloom of the National PACE Association. McElroy received the Louise Ansak Award at the annual meeting of the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.

"I consider the people I drive back and forth to be my second family," said McElroy, 34.

"I am glad to get the award, but I look at my job as rewarding just being there for these people."

The award is named after Marie-Louise Ansak, who founded the all-inclusive elderly care model. It recognizes ingenuity, hard work and sacrifice.

McElroy lives in Colerain Township with his wife, Theresa, and three children.

Berry among honorees

The son of the first African-American mayor of Cincinnati will be among seven honorees at noon today during the 40th annual meeting of the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency at Westin Hotel Cincinnati downtown.

He is Theodore N. Berry, son of Theodore M. Berry, who became Cincinnati's first black mayor in 1979. Theodore M. Berry was also the first board chairman of the agency.

The younger Berry is managing attorney at Ohio Casualty Group.

Other honorees are:

• Rev. Donald Jordan, pastor of Allen Temple AME Church.

• Julie Elkus, author of the children's book When My Mama Reads to Me. She donated nearly 3,000 books to the agency.

• Annie Ruth, poet, visual artist and illustrator who provided the art for When My Mama Reads To Me.

• Richard G. Bedgood Sr., environmental registered sanitarian, Cincinnati Health Department

• Michael Gaines, external programs manager, Cincinnati Public Schools.

• Lamont Taylor, human resources recruiter, Frisch's/Golden Corral Restaurants.

Each honoree will receive the 2003-04 Bridge Builders Award.

A former executive director of the agency, Lois Conyers, now owner of Brown's Tours and Travel agency, will be the main speaker.

Gwen L. Robinson, the agency's president and CEO, will present the Theodore M. Berry Award to Daniel Key, an outreach worker in the agency's weatherization department.

The Community Action Agency is a nonprofit social service agency that serves 30,000 children and families each year in Greater Cincinnati.

Scholar picks Germany

Julie Wilbers, a 2004 graduate of Xavier University, has received offers of two Fulbright Scholarships - one in Germany, the other in Austria. A German and international-affairs major, she accepted the grant to Germany and is now an English teaching assistant in Dusseldorf. The scholarship provides expenses, housing and a monthly stipend.

The Dixie Heights High School graduate is daughter of Martha and Edward Wilbers of Edgewood.

Mercy grad on dean's list

Carla Riestenberg was named to the dean's list all three quarters of her freshman year in the design, architecture, art and planning program at the University of Cincinnati.

The Mother of Mercy High School graduate is daughter of Marian and the late Dan Riestenberg of Miami Heights.

Denison award winners

Awarded renewable, half-tuition Heritage Scholarships to attend Denison University in Granville were:

Greta Donley, a Ridgeville Christian School graduate and daughter of Martha and Shane Donley of Oregonia; Rebecca Farfsing, Clark Montessori School graduate and daughter of Kathy and Steve Farfsing of College Hill; Joseph Krafte-Jacobs, Anderson High School graduate and son of Lori Krafte of Cherry Grove and Brian Jacobs of Mount Lookout; Kevin Newman, Sycamore High School graduate and son of Terri and Ken Newman of Sycamore Township; Erin Gartner, St. Ursula Academy graduate and daughter of Ann and Mark Gartner of Anderson Township; Katherine McInerney, Sycamore High School graduate and daughter of Carol Hoffman and John McInerney of Montgomery; and Kyle Thaman, a Turpin High School graduate.

Bound for Northwood

Joseph Busam received a renewable $4,000 Free Enterprise Scholarship to attend Northwood University, Midland, Mich.

The St. Xavier High School graduate will study business. He is son of Molly and Charles Busam of Loveland.

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