Mayo honored for work with Easter Seals

Published 8:21 pm Monday, May 2, 2016

 Mary Nell Mayor was awarded a medal by Easter Seals executive director Ronny Johnston on Friday for her many years to the service as an employee, volunteer and fundraiser.

Mary Nell Mayor was awarded a medal by Easter Seals executive director Ronny Johnston on Friday for her many years to the service as an employee, volunteer and fundraiser.

Standing on a platform surrounded by posters of encouragement, Mary Nell Mayo wiped the tears from her eyes as she accepted a medal from Easter Seals West Central Alabama executive director Ronny Johnston.

On Friday, the annual Fun Walk fundraiser at Memorial Stadium was dedicated to Mayo for her many years of dedicated service as an employee, volunteer and the organization’s top fundraiser.

“It means a lot for everybody to come,” Mayo said. “I just want to thank everybody that gave me money and all of my family and friends for their support.”

Mayo was first introduced to Easter Seals in 1977 as a client. Two years later, after going through the program, she was given a job and put on payroll.

“Everything has been real great. I’ve been doing a lot of different jobs over the years,” she said.

Mayo has done everything from answering phones to making appointments, but has proven herself as the top fundraiser for the organization. Although she has retired, she continues to volunteer her services.

Each year, she mails out letters that share her story and generates between $8,000 and $10,000 in fundraising on her own. So far this year she has collected a little over $7,000.

Director of vocational programs and community outreach Jennifer Jones said Mayo’s fundraising is a major contributing factor for the organization each year.

“Our goal was $10,000 but we’ve already raised $11,000. We’re already over our goal,” Jones said. “This money will stay here in Dallas County, and it will go to help keep these services going.”

For the Fun Walk, supporters who gave a $20 donation received a hot dog lunch and a T-shirt. Children’s games and activities were available in addition to the walk.

Jones said even though they have exceeded their goal, they will continue to fundraise until the end of May.

Easter Seals provides free services such as medical rehabilitation, employment and training, educational services and others to individuals with disabilities and relies on annual fundraising and donations to continue its services.

Donations are tax deductible because the center is a non-profit. Check donations can be made to Easter Seals West Central Alabama.

For more information about the center, call (334) 872-8421.