Thursday, February 4, 2016

Arkansas’ Nancy Loomis and Patsy Thornton: Log A Load’s 2016 Volunteer Champions

Nancy Loomis and Patsy Thornton
Washington, DC - The Log A Load For Kids Foundation today named Nancy Loomis of Clearwater Paper Corporation and Patsy Thornton of Potlatch Corporation as their 2016 Volunteer Champions.   Log A Load’s chair, Sherri Hansen, made the announcement on January 26, thanking the joint-award winners “for their more than two decades of leadership and service in Arkansas Log A Load’s charitable efforts.”

Log A Load for Kids is an annual campaign, which began in 1988 when loggers and others in the forest products community donated the value of one load of logs to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals).

Today, Log A Load for Kids is a national leader in CMN Hospitals’ fundraising, raising more than $2 million annually in 39 states through golf tournaments, fishing events, dinners, truck loads of  log donations, and other events.

Since 1988, Log A Load has raised more than $44 million for CMN Hospitals and other charitable hospitals.

Thornton said “we do this because we want to help the children of Arkansas” and added that her work with Log A Load had enlightened her on “how much each of us should count our blessings every day if we have healthy children and grandchildren.”

The Arkansas Forestry Association (AFA)  and the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation nominated Loomis and Thornton.

AFA Executive Vice President Max Braswell said that the Warren, Arkansas team has been a “consistent driving force” in Bradley County Log A Load, bringing “new energy and ideas to their local committee and the statewide program, which has raised more than $7.5 million for Arkansas Children’s Hospital since 1993.”

Fred Scarborough, president and chief development officer of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, noted that “their exemplary volunteerism in Log A Load for Kids has brought life-saving and health restoring care to thousands of children.”  He added that “there are generations of young patients who will be served through the resources they have provided.”

Loomis and Thornton will be honored by the Log A Load Advisory Group at the CMN Hospitals’ Momentum celebration in Orlando, Florida, February 23-26.

In  May, the pair will be recognized at the Forest Resources Association (FRA) Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will be presented with a plaque and a $250 check.

FRA President Deborah Hawkinson added that “Log A Load has become an important way for our forestry community to rally together to support the work taking place at these amazing hospitals and to help make the world a little brighter for the children and families they serve.”

“Nancy and Patsy embody the passion and spirit of  Log A Load volunteers nationwide” she added.

Nancy Loomis says her goal is to “do as much as possible to keep Arkansas Children’s Hospital the top-notch facility that it is.”

“I’m glad to be a small part of that.”

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