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LaMont award nominations sought

Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011

Pathfinder Services, Inc. is once again searching for someone in the community who has made an extra effort to assist persons with developmental disabilities. Nominations for the 26th Annual Herbert D. LaMont Award must be made by Friday, September 9, 2011.

The award is given in memory of Herbert D. LaMont, who was a major force in the development of services for persons with disabilities in Huntington County. He was an early supporter of Pathfinder Services, Inc. Awards have been presented to Judy Vanderspool, Bill Kruzan, Helen Brandt, Kay LaMont, Dr. Eugene Habecker, Dr. John Regan, Chuck Nelson, Wynfield and Lyn Wetherbee, Kent and Sally Schenkel, Royce Ruckman, the late Tom Butler, Mary Brennan, Fred Teddy, Roger Strickler, David Brewer, John and Midge Decker, George Brown, Lola Lee Peters, Fr. Ron Rieder, Altrusa International, Suze Ann Eichhorn, Harriet and the late Leo Zahm, Bill Hancher, Jim Scheiber, and Greta Schenkel.

Last year’s recipient Tim Allen created the first baseball Miracle League that took place in Huntington County in 2005 allowing for youth with special needs to participate in coach’s pitch-type baseball games. In 2007, Allen created the Champions League flag football program and followed that with creating Champions League soccer. All three sports are now played at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA in Huntington.

Past recipients of the LaMont Award were selected because of their continued years of dedication to making the community more aware of persons with disabilities and their potential. They have been involved in many special projects at Pathfinder Services, Inc. The award is designed to recognize an individual or organization that, through everyday example, creates the potential for persons with disabilities to become an integrated part of community life in Huntington County.

Criteria used to select recipients include:

* The nominee has made significant contributions towards creating opportunities for persons with disabilities to reach their maximum potential through communicating, working, and living as an integrated part of the Huntington community.

* Seeking by example to communicate and educate the Huntington community about the capabilities of persons with disabilities to become part of the mainstream of the community.

* Concrete examples of the nominee’s activities are necessary to document the impact made.

* The candidate must be active in Huntington County.

* No current staff member of Pathfinder Services, Inc. is eligible for the award.

Letters of nomination must be submitted by Friday, September 9 to:

LaMont Award Committee
c/o Jason Meyer, communications/marketing coordinator
Pathfinder Services, Inc.
2824 Theater Avenue
Huntington, IN 46750

The winner will be announced at Pathfinder Services, Inc.’s annual community recognition dinner to be held on October 22 this year at Huntington University’s Habecker Dining Commons at 2303 College Avenue in Huntington. For more information on the dinner please visit