Dr. Jerry Drennan receives MHMR service award


For Immediate Release
April 18, 2001

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Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
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Dr. Jerry Drennan, professor of industrial technology at Abilene Christian University, received the Mary Holdsworth Butt award at the annual Texas Mental Health/Mental Retardation conference in Houston March 30.

The Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation gives two major awards each year to eligible volunteers of state schools, state hospitals and regional health centers across the state. Recipients of this award demonstrate outstanding contributions to improving local and state programs for Texans with mental illness or mental retardation.

This year Drennan was awarded the Mary Holdsworth Butt Award, the highest award for a volunteer, which was designed as a tribute to Mrs. Butt of the HEB grocery chain. The award is given to persons who have followed a path of service to persons with mental illness or mental retardation and to the department, community MHMR centers, volunteers and to members of the Texas MHMR board.

Texas MHMR Commissioner Karen Hale of Austin and Mollie Maldonado of HEB presented the award to Drennan, who is a member of the Abilene Volunteer Services Council and former president of Abilene State School. He is also the president of the Volunteer State Services Council, which is composed of over 40 volunteer councils throughout Texas.

Drennan began his volunteer service at Abilene State School in 1988. He has held numerous offices on the school's Volunteer Services Council and is a current member of the board of directors for the Volunteer Services State Council, serving as vice president at the present time.

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