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January 10, 2014

Woodmen of the World present awards

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Woodmen of the World Chapter 303 presented three Community Leadership Awards for their faithful service to the citizens of Cherokee County during their monthly chapter meeting Jan. 8. This year's recipients are Donald Hammock, executive director of the Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties, along with local community activists Billy Bateman and Jamie Slovacek. Hammock organized the 2013 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Crisis Center fundraiser, in which Bateman played a major role in helping promote. The trio also participated in the event, which featured men walking a one-mile course through the city's downtown while wearing women's heels.

Additionally, the men worked side by side, delivering over 100 food baskets to the less fortunate at Thanksgiving through the Worship Under the Bridge Ministry founded by Hammock, according to Woodmen field representative Terri D. Underwood.

Bateman also organized two food drives for the people of Moore, Okla., and West, Texas, after disasters impacted those communities; for the past two years, he also coordinated the Crisis Center Hunt and Fundraiser at Carey Lake Ranch.

“We are proud to have men like these representing Jacksonville and Cherokee County,” Underwood said.

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