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LIMA — Awards were presented to four Hardin County individuals and groups for their service to the American Red Cross during a volunteer recognition luncheon Monday in Lima.
The American Red Cross in Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties hosted the event to recognize volunteers who help with blood drives, assist at fundraising events, help in the office, and disaster volunteers who assist fire victims.
The Hardin County Clara Barton Award was presented to Myra Berger of Ada. The award recognizes a volunteer who has displayed significant leadership and commitment to the Red Cross mission.
Since becoming a board member in 2004, Berger has been supportive and always available to help with various booths, fairs, and functions every year. A great organizer, she has offered her time and talents to continue the scrapbook of newspaper articles about the county Red Cross.
The Hardin County Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Daryl Flowers of Kenton. It honors a volunteer who tirelessly carries out the mission of the Red Cross.
Flowers joined the advisory board in July, 2010, and stepped up as vice chairman a year later. He is a member of the Disaster Action Team and serves as disaster services chairman for the county. He also is an instructor for CPR/AED/First Aid.
The Hardin County Youth of the Year Award was presented to Ridgemont High School.
Ridgemont High School students hosted three blood drives at their school in 2011 with 17 first-time blood donors. These students are an example of how one small school can make a positive difference in the community and across the country.
The Hardin County Organization of the Year Award was presented to the Plaza Inn in Mount Victory. The Plaza Inn has hosted blood drives at the restaurant over the years. In addition, its owners support non-profit organizations such as the Red Cross throughout the year with an opportunity to hold a dinner fundraiser.
In 2009, and again last week, the Red Cross board members served a baked steak dinner prepared by Plaza Inn staff, allowing the Red Cross to raise funds through ticket sales to support its programs.