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Pink Ladies Receive Top State Volunteer Award

Posted on Wednesday, April 14th, 2004


The Love County Health Center Auxiliary was recognized Wednesday as one of the state’s “top volunteer organizations.”
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services awarded OKDHS Volunteer Awards to a total of 18 individuals and 10 groups.
A convoy of auxiliary members and hospital staffers traveled to the Capitol to witness the presentation and attend a special reception for the honorees and guests. An estimated 700 persons from around the state were expected to participate in the ceremonies.
Still more recognition comes today (Friday) in Duncan, where the local group, commonly known as Pink Ladies in tribute to the pink-colored tunics volunteers wore in the early days of the organization, will receive an area OKDHS Volunteer Award.
Howard H. Hendrick, Director of OKDHS was scheduled to make the presentation Wednesday. The citation for the Love County Health Center Auxiliary reads:
“Since 1971, the Love County Health Center Auxiliary has continually made significant contributions in Marietta and to all users of Love County Health Center.
“Many accomplishments have been made including a $1,000 contribution to assist in furnishing the Emergency Medical Services quarters, $7,500 in hospital improvements, the puchase and maintenance of plants in the hospital floer beds, assistance with the local Children’s Health Fair, and support for hospital staff in the annual Relay for Life.
“In addition to the above, the group has worked with the hospital food pantry in preparing and delivering food baskets every Tuesday to 90 local families.
“In 2003, the group contributed 4,800 volunteer hours and at minimum wage, the group contributed $24,720 to the community.
“The auxiliary is sponsored by the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) of Big Five Community Services, Inc., and is an outstanding example of volunteerism. These individuals embody the American idea of “helping their fellow man.”
Lucille Sloan is president of the group.