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June 25, 2021, Chicago – The Adrian Dominican Congregation received two awards from the Catholic Media Association for a video and for its 2020-2021 Annual Report.
The Catholic Media Association announced the awards on June 10, 2021, at the end of its virtual annual conference. Normally, during in-person conferences, the awards are announced at a closing awards banquet.
The Adrian Dominican Sisters received the following awards:
“Hope for Haina,” a video produced as part of a series of Christmas fundraising videos, took Honorable Mention in the category of Best Freestanding Presentation of an Online Video: Social Justice Issues. The video explores the work and the benefits of a medical clinic, supported by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, that has offered healthcare and hope to roughly 15,000 children and adults living in Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic. Recognized for this project were Ashley (LaVigne) Concord, Project Coordinator and Interviewer, and Scott Miller, Videographer and Editor.
“The Greatest of These Is Love,” the 2020-2021 Annual Report for the Adrian Dominican Congregation, took third place in the category of Best Annual Report for a Catholic Nonprofit Organization. “This report excels in its attention to specific, tangible outcomes from donor donations, as well as contextualizing profiles in terms of their financial need and reliance on donations,” the judges wrote. Among those recognized for the project were Angela Kessler, Editor; Amy Palmer, Director of Development; Barbara Kelley, OP, Writer; and Ashley Duke, Graphic Designer.
The video and annual report involved the team efforts of the Adrian Dominican Congregation’s Development and Communications Departments. Along with the staff members already mentioned, they include Sheila Wathen, Communications, and Laura Brosamer, Sister Kathleen Schanz, OP, Catherine Witt, and Jolene Witt, Development.
Feature photo: A video on Hope for Haina, a medical clinic that has served 15,000 adults and children in Bajos de Haina, Dominican Republic, received Honorable Mention from the Catholic Media Association.
June 10, 2021, Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Sisters took time out on June 10, 2021, to recognize 38 Co-workers who marked a total of 375 years of service. Under the theme “Legendary Heroes,” the recognition took the form of a PowerPoint presentation that played throughout the day for Sisters and Co-workers on the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus to view.
This virtual celebration follows the example of last year’s celebration, “Super Heroes.” Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Co-workers were recognized for milestone anniversaries with a picnic and an awards presentation.
The following Co-workers are marking milestone anniversaries of service:
30 years: Nilda Rau, Director of Resident Services.
25 years: Don Palmer of Facilities and Grounds and Tammy Gomoluch of Resident Services.
20 years: Candy Strine, Campus Administration; Sandy Marquez, Dominican Life Center (DLC) Administration; and Becky Benish, Nursing.
15 years: Marilyn Lenhart, Finance Office; Ashley Griffes and Shella Brown, Food Services; and Bridget Ames, Nursing.
10 years: Denise Shearer, Food Services; Arlene Bachanov, History Office; Erin Dress, Human Resources; and Sarah Burk, Tonya Moorehead, Wendy Randolph, and Carol Swart, Nursing.
5 Years: Ashley (LaVigne) Concord and Sheila Wathen, Communications; Laura Brosamer, Development Office; Sandy Staup and Marge Deo, DLC Administration; Kathy DeLine and Ashley Stegg, Finance Office; Lisa Sanford, Food Services; Kelly Bach, Bethany Beagle, Kelly Deck, Erica Espinoza, Jessy Frederick, Alysha Holtz, Natasha Holtz, Kaitlin Janik, Heather Lee, Rhonda Miller, Bridget Warfield, and Sharon Wingerd, Nursing; and Sister Kathleen Nolan, OP, Office of Peace, Justice, and Integrity of Earth.
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