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Commissioners recognize Helping Hands of Ennis

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Diana Buckley
Ellis County Communications
WAXAHACHIE - On Monday evening, during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners' Court, Commissioners unanimously approved a proclamation honoring Helping Hands of Ennis for achieving national recognition.

'Helping Hands of Ennis is among only 2,000 of the more than one million charities nationwide chosen to receive this prestigious recognition,' said County Judge Chad Adams, reading from his proclamation.

The organization was awarded the designation of 'Best in America' as certified by Independent Charities of America, specifically for its exceptional accounting practices.

'We are very pleased to be here tonight and we appreciate very much your consideration of this proclamation,' said Janey Fallen, Vice President of the Board of Directors for Helping Hands.

'This was a difficult thing and we owe this award to our employees, in particular Jo Wesley and Sylvia Bulot who has served as our treasurer of the board and money person for many years.'

Fallen said Bulot had recently retired from her post.

'I am sorry to see you moving on,' said Adams. 'But I have a hunch that you will be called upon.'

According to Fallen, the organization provides assistance to the poor through food bank items, clothing, rental assistance
and assistance with energy bills.

Commissioners also took time out to recognize County Communications Director Diana Buckley, who recently received a 2007 Meritorious Award from the National Association of County Information Officers Awards of Excellence Competition, Special Projects, for the Puzzle Piece Awards Ceremony.

'This is nothing like being one of only 2,000 out of over one million to receive an award - that is truly incredible,' said Buckley. 'There were 600 entries in the competition, with nine different categories.'

The Puzzle Piece Awards Ceremony was a county-wide presentation in response to the National Association of Counties' recognition of Judge Bob Carroll's outstanding work in CPS cases.

The Meritorious Award represented the third place award in the Special Projects category, with Ellis County competing among counties with fewer than 500,000 in population.

This year's competition was judged by the Mississippi Press Association.

'When I talked with other county information officers, I discovered that we do a lot with very little money,' Buckley added.

'So ya'll can be very proud of that as well.'

Buckley extended appreciation to others for their part in the success of the ceremony, including staff members Leanne Brindle, Judy Robertson, Holly Davis, Gretchen Kitzman, and Louise Scoggins; volunteer Gina Adams; and vendors Susan Howard, Thomas Buford of All Sports Trophies, and Jessica Nixon.

'Donations were made by Senator Kip Averitt and Representative Jim Pitts, to help with the expense of putting it all together,' Buckley concluded.

'When there are emergencies or disasters, such as all the recent flooding, it is amazing how this team works together and gets the information out,' Adams added.

'We appreciate their work very much.'

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