The Northwest State Community College Foundation recently hosted its annual Green Carpet Event, “Paint the Town,” raising just over $60,200 to benefit student scholarships.
The evening was highlighted by the presentation of the 2017 Making a Difference Awards, created by the NSCC Foundation to recognize and celebrate an individual, business, and organization in the six-county area committed to improving their communities. This year’s recipients were The Honorable Denise McColley, North Star BlueScope Steel, and Sarah’s Friends.
“The Green Carpet Event is vital for Northwest State and the region, as it celebrates the importance of volunteerism and generosity in each of our communities, and also helps to raise needed funds for student scholarships.” said Robbin Wilcox, foundation director of development at NSCC. “These scholarships help open doors for deserving students to receive a quality education, preparing them for great career opportunities.”
The award recipients are:
• The Honorable Denise McColley, judge of Henry County Family Court since 2005, and magistrate and private legal practice prior to that appointment, Denise has worked with thousands of individuals to assist in successful dispute resolution. Her mediation processes are innovative: Family Courts throughout the state of Ohio regularly implement her mediation processes. Judge McColley also gives her time and efforts to a variety of community organizations.
As a founding member and past chair of Symphony of Trees children’s services fundraiser in Napoleon, the Symphony has raised over $800,000 in the past 16 years in support of various youth services organizations in Henry County.
• North Star BlueScope Steel was established in 1995 in Delta. Its employees have gone more than three years without a lost-time injury; the facility won the prestigious Governor’s Excellence Award for Workers Compensation and Safety.
North Star BlueScope Steel is also ranked the number one supplier consistently in independent surveys conducted by Jacobsen and Associates, including a number one ranking in delivery performance, quality, customer service, and overall satisfaction within the industry.
The company works closely with the Delta and Fulton County communities to be a good neighbor and employer, supporting many organizations and events. The company also constructed a 7.8 acre wetlands on-site, regularly inviting students to participate in various conservation-focused educational and hands-on activities.
• Sarah’s Friends in Bryan is a safe haven for victims of crimes such as domestic violence, child abuse, physical abuse, and others. For over 25 years, Sarah’s Friends has empowered victims to help them prevail over the trauma of their victimization, so they can heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
On average, at one time, Sarah’s Friends assists 35 families simultaneously. All services are free and confidential. Short-term financial assistance is available for transitional housing, and the organization provides assistance in many other valuable areas, including food and gas vouchers, utility assistance, prescription assistance, mental health assessments, and transportation for appointments. Sarah’s Friends also provides public education programs for civic organizations and industries throughout Williams County.