And, The Winner Is…..! is proud to announce the winner of our Employee Appreciation Day Contest.  We have been personally touched by the overwhelming response to this contest.  Hundreds of employees shared moving accounts of their team members.  We would like to honestly say that, truly, you are ALL winners!

However, as only one employee could be picked, we are happy to announce that Larry Gardella of Legal Services Alabama (LSA) is the contest winner!  Larry is receiving a $75 gift card to Starbucks and Legal Services Alabama now has an annual subscription to valued at $199.

larry jaffe

Jaffe Pickett, LSA Director of Resource Development nominated Larry Gardella, LSA Director of Advocacy and wrote: "Thank You Larry Gardella for 36 years of helping those most in need. LSA is the only statewide provider of free civil legal services in Alabama for those who cannot afford help and without your dedication, so many would not have received the life changing, and sometimes life saving, assistance provided. LSA thanks you for dedicating your career to our mission to serve low-income people by providing civil legal aid and by promoting collaboration to find solutions to problems of poverty."

Further to our last post about the contest, we would like to share a few more moving submissions:

Erin Murphy and Laurie Rovin of Pendleton Place, South Carolina nominated Melody Watson, Office Manager. “Melody is the most dedicated employee I know. She is here well before we open and long after we close and even works almost every weekend. Melody keeps us all together – she truly is the glue of Pendleton Place. She takes care of financials, human resources, schedules all orientations, ensures we get paid, sets up and takes down for all meetings and events at the agency, takes care of all the food for staff meetings, board meetings, events, and the list goes on and on. She truly does everything… with a smile on her face.  We know we can count on Melody for anything…She is our lifeline…she is irreplaceable! Melody is the best!”

Marcia Shafer of RSVP of Weld County, Colorado wrote: “Emily Corron is an outstanding employee who works tirelessly toward helping seniors understand how to prepare for the next disaster.  Her efforts have contributed to 50 new volunteers toward those efforts.   She is now working on a Homeless Veteran's Stand down Day with great success.” 

Kim Scofi of United Military Care, Georgia wrote: “Christina Anthony is one of the strongest most compassionate people I know and she will do whatever it takes to make sure our military clients are cared for.  Thank you for being a shining example of what every American should be doing – caring.”

Thank you all for sharing in this contest.  May you continue to do the great work you do to make this world a better place.