Winter Wonderland workers honored

Commission recognizes employees who made annual event success

Workers who were a part of the 2020 Winter Wonderland at Sportsman Lake Park were honored Friday by the Cullman County Commission. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Commission on Friday morning recognized all those who worked together to make the 2020 Winter Wonderland at Sportsman Lake Park a success. In a year that has been especially difficult for area seniors, the Commission, along with the Cullman County Commission on Aging, held special nights when seniors could enjoy the park’s lights for free.

Commissioner Garry Marchman reminded those being recognized, “We are all part of the same team. We really are. It doesn’t matter if you are sitting in the chairman position or if you are dumping trash cans at the park. We are part of the same team.”

Employees from the Commission on Aging, Cullman County Parks and Recreation, City of Cullman, Sportsman Lake Park, Stony Lonesome OHV and Smith Lake Park were all recognized.

“I think I tell you all the time, we have the best County employees. I’d put our employees against anyone in the county. I think we have the best county in the state, and when you have the employees we have, it makes me proud to have people like you representing our county and I appreciate all of you,” Commissioner Kerry Watson added.

The City of Cullman donated for senior nights. Stephanie Neal and Karla Pitts were recognized for helping bag and pass out candy to the seniors who visited Winter Wonderland.

County employees recognized included:

Cullman County Commission on Aging: Becky Faulk, Brenda Foxx, Lorri Lee, Kristy McCarn, Susan Smith, Dennis Doty, Laurie Knight, Ellen Robertson, Rhonda Brewer, Angie Carter, Jamie James

Sportsman Lake Park: Brandon Hutsell, Katherine Ashley, Juanita Acosta, Don Newman, Alex Thompson, Meagan Quick, Ashley Knott, Colin Long, Randall Campbell

Stoney Lonesome OHV Park: Tyler Lindsey, Haley Briscoe

Smith Lake Park: Brittney Heron, Richard Burks, Katie Robinson, Mike Thomas, Billy Chumley, Frank Boren

Cullman County Parks and Recreation: Doug Davenport, Sara Morgan

Chairman Jeff Clemons also thanked the sponsors for this year’s Winter Wonderland, including Byars Wright Insurance, Gloria Williams-Freedom Insurance, Drinkard Development, First Baptist Church of Cullman, the City of Cullman and Ms. Senior Alabama Phyllis Hain.

Clemons said he hopes to do more of these types of recognitions in the future, sharing, “I think it’s very important to recognize people when they do a great job.”

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Christy Perry