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Gary McCaleb honored at United Way luncheon

For immediate release
Feb. 11, 2003

The Abilene chapter of United Way honored Dr. Gary McCaleb, Abilene Christian University vice president, with its Volunteer Service Award at a luncheon Tuesday.

The Volunteer Service Award is designed to honor one outstanding volunteer each year for a lifetime of community service.

Billye Proctor-Shaw, last year's honoree, announced the recipient of this year's award, describing McCaleb as "committed to developing leaders of tomorrow," "focused on the community," and "everyone's hero."

McCaleb's family, including a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren who came in town from Fort Worth, joined him on stage.

"Here's a lot of the reason for me being who I am," McCaleb said of his family.

They were not the only ones rooting for him in the audience. Fifty ACU students from the LYNAY (Love Your Neighbor As Yourself) group, which McCaleb leads as a part of ACU's Center for Building Community, attended the luncheon, as well as various ACU faculty and staff.

In fact, many ACU employees are themselves participants in United Way activities and volunteer work.

In 2001, ACU president Dr. Royce Money was given the Volunteer Service Award; Dr. John Tyson, vice president for development, will serve as the chairman of the board for 2003; and 16 ACU faculty and staff members held volunteer positions in United Way in the past year.

In addition, ACU is one of the top five corporate givers to United Way, and 11 ACU administrators donated leadership gifts.

"We enjoy a great relationship with ACU and its employees and students," said Dixie Bassett, United Way president. "We're so glad that they are in our community and that they put such a high priority on community service and being involved in the community."


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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