The Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri’s annual auction is less than a month away, and voting has already started for the popular Pink Flamingo Award.
Nominees are selected based on their contributions and support for the Sedalia and Pettis County communities. The Club receives nominations from the community, and this year there are three nominees for the award: Sue Heckart, Sarah Nail and Bob Satnan.
“We came up with the Pink Flamingo Award a few years ago to add a little more excitement to the auction,” said Matt LaCasse, Resource Development Specialist of Marketing and Public Relations. “The auction focuses on the Club, and we wanted to take the opportunity to give back to the community that same night.
“It gives us the chance to say thank you again to members of the community. People that get nominated are folks that don’t always want recognition but deserve recognition. The Club and community can say thank you to these folks that do so much for our community but don’t always step up to receive the recognition they deserve.”
Sue Heckart, of Heckart Funeral Home, has contributed to numerous projects in Sedalia, and says her generosity is her family’s way of giving back to the community that welcomed them in and has supported their family business for more than six decades. Heckart was taken by surprise when she found out about the nomination on Thursday while at work.
“Someone told me at a funeral and they were kidding with me about voting for me for the Pink Flamingo Award, and I said, ‘What are you talking about? I’m not nominated.’ And they told me I was a candidate,” she said. “I was shocked. I didn’t know anything about it.
“It’s certainly an honor. Any time that somebody recognizes you for the things you try to do for the good of the community is an honor.”
Sarah Nail, of State Fair Community College, is a health advocate in Sedalia and Pettis County. She helped create the Healthy U program and has implemented several programs during her time at Bothwell Regional Health Center.
“It means a lot to be nominated, especially in the company of people like Bob Satnan and Sue Heckart,” Nail said. “And it’s just very humbling because Sedalia is a community that has so many people who are so community-minded and that’s why it’s a great place to live and why my husband and I have decided to raise our family here. Recognition within that group is very flattering and I’m so very honored.”
Bob Satnan, Communications Director for the Sedalia School District 200 and former Democrat Editor, continues his coverage of community events with his weekly Democrat column and is an advocate for healthy lifestyles after being named the winner of the inaugural Healthy U class in 2012. He volunteers throughout the community, including with the Boys & Girls Clubs and coaching youth football.
“I’m humbled. I’m honored, especially to be mentioned in the same sentence with Sue and Sarah who are two women I respect and admire,” Satnan said. “The work they do is amazing, and just to be considered for an award with them is an honor in itself.
“I believe in the Club and its mission. I’ve helped at the auction in past years, and I’ve been told I’m not allowed to help this year, but we’ll see how that goes. It’s a very nice honor, and pretty overwhelming to be honest.”
All three candidates said they were honored by the nomination because the work they do in the community isn’t for recognition, but rather to help others.
“We do it because we want to, because we all live here and we want it to be a great place to live,” Nail said. “I’m very passionate about health and wellness because I think it’s important for our community, which drives my involvement in Sedalia.”
The voting process has changed slightly this year. Instead of having a larger pool of first round contestants and narrowing it down to three finalists at the auction, Club officials decided to have voting begin earlier with fewer contestants and continue through the night of the auction.
$1 equals one vote, and votes can be cast on the Club’s website, bgckids.com, or by stopping by the office at 3100 Aaron Ave. Votes will also be accepted the night of the auction.
“We’re brainstorming some new strategies for the award and how my team is going to approach this competition, but the real winner is the Club and the kids who go there because whatever we raise goes to the Club,” Satnan said. “It’s a fun competition for us, and a great honor, but the bottom line is helping the Club and that’s what matters most — providing funds to allow them to do the good work they do everyday.”
“An Evening of Heart & Hope” will take place Feb. 8 at the MEC Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets are also available online and at the Club’s office, as well as Preferred Properties on 16th Street in Sedalia.
For more information, visit the Club’s website or call 826-8331.