Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation presents awards

Daily Reporter staff reports

GREENFIELD — Becky Riley has been awarded the 2015 Bert Curry Healthy Community Award by the Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation, and the Hancock County Children’s Choir received the 2015 Bobby Keen Healthy Community Award.

Named in honor of the foundation’s first executive director, the Curry award is given each year to an individual for exemplary and innovative efforts to create positive change in the health of our community.

Riley was nominated by the Kiwanis Club of Greenfield, an organization with which she has been involved for many years and has served as president. Riley has also been a member of the Hancock Regional Hospital Board, served as multiple committee chairs. She helped to create the Set-A-Good-Example Foundation, which ultimately became the Greenfield Central School Foundation, and held numerous offices including president. Her tireless work and advocacy for organizations in our community made her a clear choice for this year’s award.

In 2014, the foundation established the Bobby Keen Healthy Community Award, named in honor of the former president andCEO of Hancock Regional Hospital. Through this award, the Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation recognizes a hospital program or local organization whose efforts are creating positive change in the health of our local communities.

The recipient of the 2015 Bobby Keen Healthy Community Award is the Hancock County Children’s Choir.

Founded in 2011, the Hancock County Children’s Choir provides cultural and educational opportunities to school-aged children with an emphasis on reaching under-served and socio-economically disadvantaged youth. The organization strives to develop the whole child by contributing to their health and well-being physically, socially and psychologically. The choir not only impacts the children who are involved, but hundreds of other community members who witness their performances throughout Hancock County.

The choir will receive $1,000 with their award, and Becky Riley has donated her award money to the Greenfield Kiwanis Club’s scholarship program.

Other nominees include the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen and Mr. James Brown. All of this year’s nominees are stellar examples of people working together to make a positive change in the health of the community.