MOBILE, Alabama -- The Mobile Auburn Club was given the Oustanding Community Service Award at the Auburn Alumni Association's Club Leadership Conference earlier this month in Auburn.
Joanne Anderson, the club treasurer, and Terry Lathan coordinated the fundraising of roughly $50,000 and delivered relief supplies to victims of last spring's deadly tornado in north Alabama.
Donations came from Providence Hospital, students at Kate Shepard Elementary School on Azalea Road, The Lathan Company (owned by Jerry and Terry Lathan), numerous AU alumni and friends, and many individual donors, according to a release from the Mobile AU Club.
Here's excerpts from the rest of the press release on the Mobile Auburn Club's honor:
Lathan and Anderson, a local Realtor, packed an 18-wheel trailer and a mini-van full of supplies, including pet food. The donated tractor-trailer then headed to Ragland, northeast of Birmingham, while Anderson drove her vehicle first to Auburn for additional pet supplies before going north.
Once local authorities moved out all non-residents at curfew, Anderson took the remaining supplies to Tuscaloosa for delivery. In all, she drove over 650 miles with three stops to load/unload in a 24-hour period.
"Terry and I were really motivated by the Toomers for Tuscaloosa effort," Anderson said. "We contacted them and found which areas weren't getting supplies. They helped us with contacts and where to deliver supplies. I'm very proud our community stepped up to help the way we did. That's what the Auburn Family is all about."
Anderson won the Mobile Auburn Club's 2011 Tiger of the Year award for outstanding service to the local club.
"Joanne and Terry's efforts reflect well not only on Auburn, but on all of us as citizens of Alabama," said Mobile Auburn Club president Bo Megginson. "Their actions truly embody the words of the Auburn Creed...I'm very proud of what they accomplished and glad they were recognized for their actions."
By Evan Woodbery/ Auburn Bureau, The Birmingham News, Press-Register, The Huntsville Times
Courtesy of al.com (2012)