Humanitarian of the Year

The CFO is proud to announce the 2017 Humanitarians, Dr. David and Linda Brown.

Dr. David and Linda Brown

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.

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.

RSVP/pay for the Humanitarian Luncheon here

 

Jewell Schweitzer

CFO’s annual Humanitarian Award was created by Mrs. Jewell Thompson Schweitzer to honor individuals in our region who place service to others as the primary motivating force in their lives. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce organizes a committee to review nominations and select the annual recipient. The winner receives a $5,000 cash award, which he or she has traditionally donated to a favorite charity.

Criteria for award

 

Past Humanitarian Award recipients:

2016 – Hearld Ambler, retired Managing Partner of BKD, LLP for his longtime work assisting seniors with paper and online tax preparation

2015 – Kurt Larson, Springfield attorney and founder of Safe and Sober Missouri anti-drug and -alcohol program for teens

2014 – Morey Mechlin, retired executive director of Care to Learn, advocacy on behalf of children

2013 – Shawn Askinosie, socially conscious entrepreneur and philanthropist

2012 – Randy Russell, advocate for the arts and children

2011 – Roseann Bentley, lifetime of community service

2010 – Doug Pitt, Care to Learn and efforts in Tanzania

2009 – Roger D. “Dusty” Shaw Jr. and William Shaw, work in Thomasville and Oregon County

2008 – Bill Stalnaker, Boys and Girls Club and The Kitchen

2007 – Marie Prater, The Kitchen Foundation

2006 – Pat Walker, Founders Park and Springfield beautification

2005 – Bill & Virginia Darr, Families for Children

2004 – Dr. Judith Gonzalez, Hand in Hand Ministries

2003 – Wade E. Palmer, Help Give Hope

2002 – Dr. John Bentley, Health needs of the underserved

2001 – Harold Bengsch, Springfield-Greene County Health Department

2000 – Judge Thomas Mountjoy, Teen Court

1999 – Paul & Cyndy Teas, Camp Barnabas

1998 – John Harp, Greene County Foster Program

1997 – Dr. Jim Blaine, Greene County Medical Society

1996 – E.E. “Johnny” Johnson, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mo

1995 – Rev. Dorsey Levell, Council of Churches of the Ozarks

1994 – Linda Duncan and Janie Brunette, Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program

1993 – Leonard Spellman, Children’s Shoe Bank/Kiwanis

1992 – Calvin Allen, Springfield Community Center

1991 – Sister Lorraine Biebel, The Kitchen

1990 – Mary Beth O’Reilly, Hospice