As HealthKeeperz President Tim Brooks said during his opening remarks at the 2018 Barnabas Awards Banquet, the company’s Barnabas Culture “is all about joy.” And a joyful time was had by the more than 200 employees, family members, and friends of the company who attended the 3rd Annual Barnabas Awards Banquet at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club on March 2.
Emceed by Chaplain James Chavis, the Barnabas Awards Banquet recognized all of the HealthKeeperz teammates nominated for quarterly awards in 2017 and the four quarterly winners: Janet Locklear (Q1) of the hospice division, a pair of customer service representatives, Crystal Strickland (Q2) and Cara Hammonds (Q3), and Hortensia Ray Alston-Hayes (Q4) a Community Alternatives Program (CAP) social worker.
The evening’s climax saw Alston-Hayes named as the 2018 Super Barnabas Award winner, the first woman to achieve this honor at HealthKeeperz. She follows in the footsteps of Tito Massol (2017) and Timmie Stultz (2016). Look for a full feature on Hortensia Ray Alston-Hayes, as well as her fellow nominees, on the HealthKeeperz blog in the coming weeks.
Highlights of the evening included music from the ladies of the company’s CAP office in Anson County, as well as door prizes featuring gift cards from Walmart, Target, Outback Steakhouse, and multiple stores and attractions.
The evening’s guest speaker was Sheila Burroughs of His Way at Work, a consulting firm that currently engages with the leadership team at HealthKeeperz to find new ways to live and express our faith in God. During her talk, Burroughs focused on how everyone has an individual purpose in this life, and they fulfill that purpose by being themselves. Her work with HealthKeeperz has led to the creation of the company’s Barnabas Caring Team, where we reach out and assist teammates in times of crisis.
A surprise, last-minute insertion to the banquet program was a talk from Dee Park, a client of HealthKeeperz who lives in Pinehurst with her husband. She explained to the gathered crowd about the immeasurable contribution that her husband’s home nurse, Wanda Locklear (makes to the Park home with her weekly visits. Her dedication and care have earned her the nickname, “Wandaful,” from the Park family.
The evening wouldn’t have been complete without some final remarks from HealthKeeperz founder Howard Brooks. Bible in hand, Mr. Brooks gazed upon the crowd lovingly, telling them that from his view behind the podium he could see just how much God had blessed him during the 50 years since he started the company as Pembroke Drug Center. Continuing, he made a compelling case for his and others’ salvation through belief in Jesus Christ, sharing that what we do at HealthKeeperz is truly the Lord’s work.
The company would like to thank the many event sponsors and banquet committee members who made the 2018 Barnabas Awards Banquet the best yet.