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Char-Em United Way

John Newton Award of Excellence

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John Newton was an active member of our community.  Not only was he a Char-Em United Way board member and president but he also volunteered his time and talents for many other local organizations.  Unfortunately, his term with Char-Em United Way ended when he suffered massive injuries from a car accident in September 2000.  A model for tenacity and perseverance, he fought his way back from his injuries.  He had to relearn how to perform all those daily tasks that most of us take for granted.  Eventually he was able to return to work for Bank One.  However, he was unexpectedly taken from us in the Fall of 2001 by complications of the accident.

Char-Em United Way created the John Newton Award of Excellence in 2002 to commemorate John’s life and the gifts he gave to our community.  The award is awarded to both an individual and a company who, through their actions, gave significantly to the health and human services in Charlevoix and Emmet counties.

In 2002 Greg Withrow of Big Rock Point was the first recipient of the John Newton Award. The first company to receive the award was Big Rock Point also in 2002.

Past winners:

Year

Individual Recipient

Corporate/Organization Recipient

2002

Greg Withrow, Big Rock

Big Rock

2003

Scott Kelly of B.A.S.E.S

Harbor Industries

2004

Jennifer Archambault,

Harbor Industries

Bergmann Center

2007

Management Team, Petoskey News-Review

Northern Michigan Regional Health System

2008

Lisa Ashley,

Hospice of Little Traverse Bay

Charlevoix Emmet Human Services Coordinating Body

2009

Maureen Nicholson, Petoskey-HS Com. Fdn.

Manna Food Project

2010

Mary Obzut,

Hair Zone

Petoskey High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

2011

Sue Morris

Tools for Faith & Church Hammers,   Habitat for Humanity

2012

Lisa Hoyt

Harbor Springs High School’s Hospi-Teen program

2013

Dr. Richard Mansfield

Boyne Free Clinic

2014

Janet Mancinelli, Women’s Resource Center

Castle Farms

2015

Terry Newton

Frey Foundation

2016

Barb Perrault

Fletches

2017

Lisa Blanchard

None awarded

2018

Dibby and Scott Smith Harbor-Brenn Insurance