October 30, 2013
McNamara and Bowman honored with Florence L. Elias Compassion Award This year's Florence L. Elias Compassion Award for outstanding corporate giving went to long-time supporter and Grande Masquerade sponsor McNamara Florist. The award, which was given at the 26th Annual Grande Masquerade on October 19, honors an organization that has, in the spirit of Flo Elias, given generously to The Damien Center's mission. McNamara owners Toomie Farris and Michael Marcum accepted the award and are to thank for McNamara's ongoing support. Marcum served once again as Grande Masquerade Event Design Chair this year and created the incredible look of the event using thousands of flowers, disco-themed props, lighting, and more. He also serves on The Damien Center's Board of Directors.
As a Masquerade Ball Sponsor for this and past Grande Masquerades, McNamara gives generously to make the event truly spectacular and help raise funds so The Damien Center can continue to offer its services completely free of charge. Congratulations, McNamara, and we thank you for all you do!
Long-time Damien Center volunteer Larry Bowman received the Flo Elias Award for individuals in recognition of his 15 years as a volunteer at the Center. Larry provides haircuts to our clients and has a true passion for helping those in need gain a sense of normalcy in their sometimes chaotic lives. Larry turns our Client Enrichment Center into what feels like a local barbershop on the days he visits. His caring, giving attitude embodies the spirit of the Flo Elias Award: he gives to empower individuals to live each day with dignity. Thank you, Larry, and congratulations!