Dr. David and Linda Brown named 2017 Humanitarians

Dr. David and Linda Brown have been named the 2017 Humanitarian Award recipients for their work with The Gathering Tree and for developing the Eden Village housing concept, two efforts intended to support the homeless population.

They will be honored at a luncheon at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at cfozarks.org/humanitarian.

The Gathering Tree is a drop-in center in downtown Springfield that operates five nights a week for several hours each evening. The center offers snacks, restroom facilities, access to computers and the internet and faith-based fellowship among clients and volunteers.

The Browns also have developed the nonprofit Eden Village, which is a micro-home concept to establish permanent housing for homeless residents in a supportive atmosphere offering additional services such as mental health, social workers, meeting space, laundry, a library and more. The first tiny home was established this year, with an eventual goal of 30 homes in the planned development in north Springfield.

The Humanitarian Award was founded in 1990 by Springfield donor Jewell Thompson Schweitzer to honor individuals in our region who excel at serving others in a humanitarian capacity. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce organizes a committee to review nominations and select the annual recipient.

This year’s selection committee was comprised of the Chamber’s Chairman-Elect Doug Neff, Linda Ramey-Greiwe, Bob Hammerschmidt, Rev. Michael Overton, Francine Pratt, Dr. Robert Spence and Rev. Mark Struckhoff.

The winner receives a $5,000 cash award, which has traditionally been donated to one or more charities of the winner’s choice.

For additional ticket information, contact Carol Oliver, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, (417) 864-6199; or coliver@cfozarks.org.

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