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The Humanitarian Award presented by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is given to those who have shown extraordinary dedication to community service and philanthropy. Greene County Associate Commissioner Roseann Bently will receive the award next week for her contributions made to local education, government and civic leadership. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
Roseann Bentley is the 22ndrecipient of the Humanitarian Award and it was not a hard choice to make according to Randy Russell of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
“One of the major things she is responsible for was she established “Day of Caring” for the United Way. It enlists local businesses to provide their time and employees to projects needed at non-profit. And now it’s one of the largest “Day of Caring” programs in the nation with our United Way here. That’s pretty amazing considering it grow from the first time that Roseann planned it from 15 companies with 175 volunteers. To now more than 16,000 volunteers with 88 companies,” Russell says.
She was also the first woman to win a seat on the Springfield Board of Education and was a founding member of Ozarks Public Television, according to Russell.
Bentley was nominated by the Junior League of Springfield, where she worked as its first president.
She will be honored at noon, Dec 7that the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield. For KSMU News, I’m Matthew Barnes.