Cheryl Nash is ‘Top Gun’ at Lee’s Summit Cares

tporter@lsjournal.comNovember 20, 2013 

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    Months that Julie Bruce spent as a volunteer with Lee’s Summit Cares prior to being awarded the organization’s volunteer of the year during a luncheon Nov. 19.

Cheryl Nash’s face grew beet red as Roby Little read Nash’s name aloud.

Nash, a part-time marketing consultant for the Lee’s Summit Cares organization that Little directs, was moseying along taking photos of other award recipients recognized during Lee’s Summit Cares annual Thanks for Your Giving luncheon Nov. 18 at Emaline Ballroom when she heard the familiar refrain of her forename.

Once Little mentioned the tireless marketing work Nash does for the organization, the blood-rushed snapshot of Nash’s face was one for the ages.

“I love Lee’s Summit Cares,” Nash said after receiving the Top Gun award for dedicated service to Lee’s Summit Cares. Past recipients of the Top Gun award include Anne Aubuchon, Alan Flory, Kim Fritchie and Diane Seif, among others. It’s presented annually to those that have a major impact on the direction of the organization. “I’ve loved the organization forever, ever and ever so this is a great honor that they recognized me. I had no idea. I was surprised.”

Little said Nash’s contributions to the organization were priceless.

“Cheryl is a person who takes care of hearts while taking care of business,” Little said. “She has been a positive champion for Lee’s Summit Cares.”

Also honored during the luncheon was Julie Bruce, who received an award for Volunteer of the Year. Bruce, who coordinated the latest installment of Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent this past year, was just as surprised by her honor as Nash, sans the bright red facial expression.

“It was a total surprise,” she said. “It’s exciting and it’s rewarding when your work is acknowledged by your community.”

“Julie embraces a spirit of volunteerism,” added Little. “She worked tirelessly and with extreme perseverance to make the 2013 Lee’s Summit’s Got Talent fundraiser exceed all expectations.”

The Commitment to Character award was presented to Logan Tootle, a senior at Lee’s Summit North High School. Receiving the Leading the Way plaque was Lee’s Summit Police Officer Bobby Conard, a school resource officer at Lee’s Summit West High School and Charlie Johnson of Landmark 2 Skate Center was presented the Whatever It Takes award.

For the first time ever Lee’s Summit Cares presented character coins to Fred Pickard, an outgoing member of the Lee’s Summit Cares Board of Directors, and Ann Starlin Horner. Outgoing Police Chief Joe Piccinini was to also receive a character coin, but was unable to attend the event due to a prior engagement.

The ceremony moved along just fine for Nash until the spotlight was put on her.

“Couldn’t you tell?” Nash said of the surprised look of shock on her face. “My face was red. There are so many wonderful people that volunteer for Lee’s Summit Cares that there are a million people that could have gotten this award. For me to get it was very nice of them.”

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