Each year, the Volunteer Center of Lubbock hosts the Cornucopia Luncheon to recognize outstanding volunteers in the Lubbock community. This year, the honorees for Individual Child, Individual Youth and Family all have Frenship ties.
Sophie Dudley, a 4th grade student at Upland Heights Elementary School, was the Individual Child Honoree. Sophie has volunteered for several agencies including The Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, the American Cancer Society, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Volunteer Center of Lubbock. Sophie attributes her love of volunteering to her mother. “Seeing everything she was involved in made me want to help, too,” said Sophie.
Gracie LaQuey, a 10th grader at Frenship High School, was the Individual Youth Honoree. After volunteering at a sports camp at Lubbock Impact, Gracie was shocked to see kids who attended camp without shoes. With permission from the Director of Operations, Gracie started a shoe drive that collected over 700 pairs of shoes for Lubbock Impact. Gracie said, “Nothing brings me more joy and happiness than to see the smiles on kids’ faces when they find that pair of shoes that they love.”
The Stephens Family, including HMS 6th grader Palmer and Crestview 5th grader Graham, was the Family Honoree. Together, their family has served organizations such as the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, the Covenant Foundation, and Lubbock Area United Way. Parents Jon and Michelle have co-chaired March of Dimes Signature Chefs, March for Babies, and the American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s ball. Michelle said, “Palmer and Graham are involved with us every step of the way, in work, fun, and volunteering. The boys have done everything from setting up for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs, to delivering Lubbock Meals on Wheels with mom, to cleaning up the ranch after Cattle Baron’s Ball, and participating in the March for Babies.”
Congratulations to these outstanding individuals and families and thank you for exemplifying the Frenship Way in your communities!