By SHERRY DIGMON
De’Marcous Moton began the program by singing a medley – How Do I Give Thanks and To God Be the Glory.
It seemed giving thanks was the theme for the evening as the administration and staff of Atmore Community Hospital hosted their annual ACH Volunteer Banquet for the Pink Ladies and Pink Gentleman who give of their time and who raise money to buy equipment and furniture for the hospital.
In his opening prayer, ACH President Doug Tanner asked for God’s favor for the volunteers in all ways.
Tanner talked about the contributions of the Auxiliary, not only in manhours, but in purchases – recliners, bladder scan, hospital beds, and more in the plans.
“You are part of the fabric of who we are here,” Tanner said. “You’re as much as member of this team as anybody else. When I think about this event, I think about First John [3:18, NLT], ‘Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.’ Love is a choice. Love is an action. When you begin the right thing, your heart follows.”
Tanner and Kim Himes, who coordinates the event each year, recognized each Auxiliary member with a gift.
Auxiliary President Patsy Brown presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Sandra Hare.
Nancy Lowery, president of the Escambia County Health Care Authority, was to be the special speaker but had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict.
Hospital authority member Bo Brantley was on hand to express the board’s appreciation to the Auxiliary members.