Annual Jack Vaughan, Jr. Human Services Awards
Each year, the Cobb Collaborative honors members of our community who have exhibited outstanding service to those in need in Cobb County with Jack Vaughan, Jr. Human Services Awards.
Jack Vaughan, Jr. was a state representative and member of the Cobb Collaborative who showed unselfish dedication to public service and strongly advocated for those less fortunate in our community. In memory of Jack’s service, the Collaborative annually honors both a volunteer and a professional who have gone above and beyond to serve those in need.
One of the many benefits to Cobb Collaborative membership is that Collaborative Members have the opportunity to nominate individuals for these awards. Nominations open in early fall and awards are presented at our annual 4th Quarter General Membership Meeting & Human Services Awards in December.
2023 Jack Vaughan, Jr. Human Services Awards
On December 6, 2023, the Cobb Collaborative hosted its 30th Annual Human Services Award Luncheon. With approximately 130 in attendance, the luncheon and awards ceremony took place in the Conference Center of Piedmont Church in Marietta. The event was sponsored and co-presented by Cobb Community Foundation.
The nominees in the volunteer category for the Jack Vaughan, Jr. Human Services Awards were:
- Peggy Freeman nominated by Loving Arms Cancer Outreach
- Mary Jacobs nominated by Cobb Senior Services
- Barry Krebs nominated by South Cobb Lions Club
- Liz Platner, the founder of PORCH Marietta, nominated by Marietta City Schools
- Kylie Tetley nominated by Atlanta Angels
Professional nominees were:
- Officer Paul HIll nominated by Marietta City Schools
- Robert Max nominated by Jewish War Veterans
- Christie Simons nominated by Atlanta Angels
- Luther Washington nominated by Family Life Restoration Center
- Laurie Ann Wong nominated by Reflections of Trinity
Nominees were recognized for their dedication to working with or volunteering with those less fortunate in our community, professionalism within the community, collaboration with others and involvement in the community.
Barry Krebs, volunteer for South Cobb Lions Club, was named the 2023 Jack Vaughan, Jr. Human Services Volunteer category award winner.
Laurie Ann Wong, Founder and CEO of Reflections of Trinity, was named the 2023 Jack Vaughan, Jr. Human Services Professional category award winner.
The William E. “Bill” Hanson Collaboration Award was established in 2008 to honor Bill’s service to Cobb County and recognize his collaborative spirit and bringing the Cobb non-profit organizations together to tackle issues and concerns. This year Kim Scofi, Founder and President of United Military Care was awarded the 2023 William E. Hanson Collaboration Award.