The John T. Shook Award

John T. Shook 1964-2018

At the Charity Ball held on January 25, 2020, we paid tribute to a very special friend, longtime CRS Board member John Shook, 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 someone who embodies John’s commitment to community service.

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.