Award renamed to honor volunteer

Community leader passed away earlier this year

This year's Volunteer of the Year award to be presented by the Boys & Girls Club of Craig will recognize a worthy individual for her volunteer work and a late community leader for her past involvement.

In recognition of Georgina McAnally and her contributions to the quality of life in Moffat County, the name of the Boys and Girls Club award has been changed to "The Georgina McAnally Volunteer of the Year Award."

"Georgina was the driving force behind the Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Seniors organizations," said Dave DeRose, president of the Boys & Girls Club. "She did a lot for people all year. The community really should have been thanking her."

McAnally passed away earlier this year.

She served on numerous boards and volunteered hours of her time for the betterment of the Craig community before her death, said Patty Askew, chairwoman of the special events committee for the club.

"We are pleased to honor her memory by each year recognizing someone who cares about people and does something for others as Georgina did so well," Askew said.

The special events committee organizes the club's annual Cow-boy Christmas, during which the recipients of the annual awards are recognized.

This year's Cowboy Christmas event will be Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Tanya Ferguson has been selected to receive the volunteer of the year award.

Ferguson is a coach, scout leader, hockey player and mother. She also volunteers at the club, where she teaches tennis, arts and crafts and science programs.

Ferguson also works with handicapped children at Ridgeview Elementary School.

"Tanya Ferguson has shown commitment through her actions and efforts. She is an example of selflessness by donating her time, energy and heart to helping others," Jamie McAnally said. "I am extremely honored that the Boys & Girls Club of Craig has named the annual volunteer award after my mother."

McAnally added that his mother gave so much of herself because of a care for the community and the rewards that go along with volunteering.

Also to be honored at Cowboy Christmas are: Shannon and Mark Samuelson as "Man and Woman of the Year"; J.B. and Paula Chapman of Chapman's Automotive for "Business of the Year"; and Katie Morris as "Youth of the Year."

Tickets for Saturday's event are $30 per person, and can be purchased at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, The Craig Daily Press, KS Kreations or the Boys & Girls Club.

For more information, call 826-0411.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

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