HE MADE AN IMPACT ON THIS WORLD AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN OUR HEARTS.
The John T. Shook award pays tribute to a very special friend, and longtime CRS Board member who passed away in 2018. John touched the lives of so many people in our community, including those of us here at CRS. He was dedicated to community service and volunteered for many local organizations including CRS, Avon Lake Kiwanis, St. Joseph Church and Beachpark Tower. In John’s memory, the CRS Board established an award in his name, to be given annually to an individual or group that embodies John’s commitment to volunteerism for CRS and in our community.
The 2023 John T. Shook Award was presented to Rich and Candy General at the Annual Charity Ball on April 22, 2023. Over many years, Rich and Candy have together and individually volunteered hundreds of hours of their time and talents to bettering the community through their involvement in many local organizations. Many of CRS’s seasonal programs have benefitted from their support such as Santa’s Workshop, Summer Snack Bags, Easter and the CRS food pantry. Rich and Candy also volunteer for the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, Lorain County Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest, Love Inc., the Haven Center – Neighborhood Alliance, and Empty Bowls by the Lake.
We are proud to announce Mike Kral as the recipient of the 2022 John T. Shook Award. Since 1999 Mike has donated his time and talents to CRS in many different capacities. From CRS board member to webmaster and graphic designer, Mike has volunteered hundreds of hours to our organization and continues to be involved in all creative aspects of our special events. Mike’s unselfish service to so many Avon Lake organizations made him the selection committee’s unanimous choice to receive this award!
The 2021 John T. Shook award was given to the Hooks for Hunger Committee, a group of volunteers who work tirelessly each year to raise funds for CRS through their annual walleye fishing tournament. Since its inception in 2013, this group has donated approximately $140,000 to CRS. This past summer, even though they were unable to hold the event, they instead held the “Fill da Boat” food and funds drive. They collected over $12,000 and 2,100 pounds of food. The Hooks for Hunger Committee: Ed Moran, Joe Reitz, Tony Tomanek, Scott Bruegger, Sean Boutin, Brian Belmont, Tyler Randall, Jim DePaul and Craig Lewis.
The 2020 John Shook Award was given to Pastor Jeffrey Phail of Christian-Heritage Church in Avon for his work with the Summer Lunch Program. In 2017 he recognized an opportunity to help feed students who received free or reduced lunches during the school year, but faced food insecurity during the summer months. The Summer Lunch Program continues to grow each year. During the summer of 2019 they served 4,091 lunches. Pastor Phail organized over 800 volunteers from 8 local churches, the Avon Schools, the Avon Library, The Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital, and God’s Soldier Ministry.