Tenco honors achievers, believers
OTTUMWA – A crowd of nearly 300 attended the recent Tenco Awards Banquet at the Ottumwa High School cafeteria.
The event honored business and industry, civic organizations, benefactors, Tenco staff and individuals served by Tenco. Achievers and Believers was the theme of the evening.
The evening began with honoring staff years of service. Honored for five years were: Codie Amason, Rodney Bostic, Sarah Bostic, Mary Johnson, Lora Lahvic, Dixie Merritt, Robert Merritt, Teri Scholtus, and Nita Songer.
Local recipients of Tenco Individuals Served Awards included:
• Dena Shelangoski, Fairfield, who earned a Top Effort Award recognizing her achievements in the areas of personal growth, skill development and movement toward independence.
Local recipients of Tenco Staff Awards included:
• Ashley Lewman, Fairfield, who was presented an Advocacy Award for going above and beyond in support to the mission of Tenco and supporting the clients that Tenco serves.
• Deb Wood, Fairfield, was presented an Image Award for her outstanding reflection and vision portrayed to the community, the individuals Tenco serves and other staff members.
• Theresse Grubbs, Keosauqua, was presented an Allegiance Award for her loyalty, commitment and faithfulness portrayed to the community, the individuals Tenco serves and other staff members.
New this year was honoring recent planned gifts. Planned gifts to charities across the nation have been referred to as the “life-blood” of the good work to which these charities are dedicated. Tenco is not an exception; a major planned gift by the Floyd Parker estate in 1975, “really gave Tenco the opportunity to survive and grow” according to Tom Johnson, Tenco’s first executive director.
The two recent planned gifts were from George “Russ” and Dorothy Benson; and Bonny Rater.