Bright Futures honors Champions

Friday, August 9, 2019

By Scott Loftis

Bright Futures Berryville’s annual Champion Breakfast honors the volunteers and donors who make the organization a success.

“It’s our time to celebrate our Champions that make our program successful,” said Berryville Bright Futures coordinator Mindy Hicks. “Our program wouldn’t be what it is without them.”

The Champion Breakfast also provides an opportunity for students who have been helped by the program to say thank you.

The 4th Annual Champion breakfast, held last Friday at Berryville Elementary School, was no exception.

Bright Futures, whose mission is to focus on the success of children in the community, honored Ken Richardson as its Volunteer of the Year and also recognized the Spurlin Endowment for its support.

Hicks said selecting award winners is often difficult because so many individuals participate in and support the program.

“Those awards are hard to choose because everyone has done so much,” she said.

Richardson was honored for his contributions, which Hicks said have focused mostly on the elementary school.

The Spurlin Endowment has helped finance dental work for students in need, she said.

“We have one little girl who cannot wait for school pictures so everyone can see her smiling,” Hicks said.

Hicks said a particularly touching moment at Friday’s breakfast came when Berryville High School graduate Montana Engel spoke about how much Bright Futures had helped him.

“He had asked how he could thank our Champions for supporting him,” Hicks said. “He was very thankful for the support. He hopes to come back and be a part of the program someday.

“Obviously, we don’t identify the kids that we help but sometimes they want to say thank you. It’s pretty touching.”

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