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Dr. Martin Luther King is often quoted stating "Everybody can be great…because everybody can serve." In this spirit it was Operation HOPE's honor to recommend the below individuals to receive the Presidential Drum Major for Service Volunteer Service Award! Congratulations to all! We are very proud of you.

The MLK Drum Majors for Service Award was created to acknowledge and celebrate volunteers who perform extraordinary everyday acts of service with reliability and commitment, but who seldom receive recognition. On behalf of the Senior Administration Officials of the White House Offices of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Office of Public Engagement, the Corporation for National and Community Service, Operation HOPE, and representatives from faith and community organizations across America we salute these individuals as beacons in their community, and a Drum Major leading the charge and making a difference.

In particular, we thank you for your service and personal contribution to the betterment of Metro Atlanta.  

All honorees joined Reverend Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church to attend service on Sunday, January 15th, 2012, where they were recognized.  Ms. Valerie Jarrett, representing President Obama, was also present and gave inspiring remarks to the volunteers. Congressman John Lewis and Mrs. Christine King-Farris, sister of Dr. King.

2012 Presidential Drum Major For Service Volunteer Service Award Recipients:

Starlyn Baxter          Associated Credit Union
Bill Cheeks              ABBA HOPE SE Board
MoniqueTaylor         Boy Scouts of America
Scott Brown            Georgia Pacific – Youth Entrepreneurs
Barbie Palmer         Bank of America
Kelli Bacote-Boone  Atlanta Public School, ATL READS
Grace Lee               Georgia State University
Gary Dryden           Chubb Insurance
Brandi Harvey          Young Fit and Fly
Kim Braud                Nationwide Insurance
Greg Clay                City of East Point
Lillian Lane               Beal Bank


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