Traverse City Record-Eagle

Body & Soul

December 15, 2012

Child and Family Services presents awards

TRAVERSE CITY — Child and Family Services presented its 2012 Community Awards honoring staff, volunteers, human services professionals and others at its Annual Dinner held last month at the Hagerty Center.

Award recipients this year are:

n Humanitarian of the Year — Barb Donaldson, senior probation officer, 13th District Court Juvenile Division, Grand Traverse County. Child and Family Services' employees nominated Donaldson for the award, which recognizes an individual who makes the welfare of children a number one priority, whose dedication extends beyond the expectations of their position, and whose style and approach help facilitate the work of our professional staff. Donaldson was described as modeling compassion and accountability for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

n Volunteers of the Year — Andy Rink, who has volunteered extensively with Child and Family Services over the past four years, particularly with the Elements program, for providing mentoring and support to youth as they move toward independent living; Todd Endresen, longtime president of the board of directors and advocate for children and families locally and in Lansing; and Jack Otto, who named and founded the Tee Up FORE Kids golf outing that has raised more than $250,000 in its 23-year history.

n Partnership Award — The Kingsley Club, for its charitable commitment to children and families through five years of hosting the Tee Up FORE Kids benefit golf outing, and helping to raise more than $33,000 this year alone. Owner Ed Walker and the Kingsley Club staff have provided cheerful, responsive support of all aspects of this event and of Child and Family Services' mission, according to CFS.

n Jen and Bob MacArthur, of Grawn, were this year's Testimonial Family. Jen adopted Bob after he experienced two disrupted adoptions before he was 17 years old.

Child and Family Services is a nonprofit organization that provides foster care, adoption, counseling, education and advocacy services to about 3,000 people in 15 counties in northwestern Lower Michigan.

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