Friends and colleagues came together on November 12 at El Meson Restaurant to honor K99 Radio’s Nancy Wilson as the 2015 recipient of the John W. Pratt Legacy Award. We came together to honor her for giving full measure to the word volunteer.
Dayton’s own Erma Bombeck so often filled the world with laughter with her quick wit and humorous take on the everyday things in life. Beyond the laughter, she also shared thoughts about what it means to be human. She said this about volunteers. “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain loving one another.”
The face of compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain loving one another was front and center at our reception as we honored Nancy for giving full measure and meaning to the word volunteer. It seems that wherever there has been a need in the community, Nancy has always been there. She co-hosts K99’s Cares for Kids Telethon and The Children’s Miracle Network Telethon on WHIO Television in support of Dayton Children’s Hospital. She is a board member for SICSA and serves as a tutor for the Miami Valley Literacy Council. We honored her on a November night for her contributions that have added significantly to the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities over so many years.
Nancy Banks, Superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services and Dennis Grant, Executive Director of United Rehabilitation Services joined Tom Weaver (Choices In Community Living) and Pete Roll (Resident Home Association) in recognizing Nancy for her years of service to and with people with developmental disabilities.
Nancy has served as emcee for Choices’ Talent Show for almost as many years as it has been held. She has volunteered with URS, the County Board and ARC/Ohio. She was instrumental in working with Partners For Community Living to initiate the first Dining with the Stars fundraising event and she has stayed involved every year as it has developed. She serves as a member of Partners Community Team, representing and supporting us throughout the community.
John Pratt was one of the founding members of both Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association. He was a strong supporter of Partners For Community Living and helped form our Endowment Fund. Three of his four daughters, Ann Schulte, Cathy Payne and Mary Ann Schulz presented the Award to Nancy at the conclusion of the ceremonies, followed by the signing of John’s favorite song, You Light Up My Life, sang to Nancy with deep gratitude by Margie Little, who is part of Choices’ extended family in Clark County. John’s daughter Susan is a member of our Resident Home Association extended family.
The ceremonies closed with these most fitting words from Piglet to his friend Winnie the Pooh. “We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh? he asked. “Even longer,” Pooh answered. We’ll be friends forever, our wonderful Nancy, and even longer.
If you would like to honor and thank Nancy for her friendship and service with a tax-deductible donation in her honor, please forward your donation to Partners For Community Living, 1651 Needmore Road, Dayton OH 45414 or you may make a donation in her honor on our secure website by going to our Donation link.