Pathfinder Services of Huntington, Ind., honored individuals and organizations within the communities they serve at their annual community recognition dinner Saturday evening at Huntington University. Mike Perkins from the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors emceed the event.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Dan Caro, who has been proving the world wrong since he was in diapers. When Dan was two, he was engulfed in a fireball during a gasoline explosion in the garage of his home and was left with third-degree burns on most of his body. Doctors doubted he would survive, and although Dan died on the operating table several times following the accident, his spirit wasn’t ready to give up.
As a result of the burn, Dan lost his right hand, most of his left and is severely scarred. Reconstructive surgery gave him the use of a moveable thumb on his left hand and Dan is now a respected drummer in the New Orleans area. He has landed gigs with some of the world’s greatest performers such as Ashish Khan, Michael Ray, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Karl Denson, Marshall Allen and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Dan is also an Author and an ambassador for the Shriners of North America.
At the dinner, Bill Hancher, the 2007 Herbert D. LaMont Award recipient, and current Pathfinder Foundation Board of Director member, and Diane Adams, the daughter of Kay LaMont presented the prestigious Herbert D. LaMont award to John Mignone, President of Mignone Communications and current chairperson for the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors. Mignone has served on the Pathfinder Foundation Board of Directors, the organization’s Investment, Executive, and Business Development Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Additionally, Mignone has volunteered for various organizations and clubs throughout Huntington County.
The Pathfinder Services Board of Directors gives the LaMont award annually in honor of the late Herbert D. LaMont, who was a major force in the development of services for persons with disabilities in Huntington County.
Bill and Barbera Hancher presented the Timothy Hancher Direct Services Award to Aliceon Stanley, QDDP for Pathfinder Services. Bill Hancher, along with his wife Barbara initiated the Timothy Hancher Direct Services Award, honoring a Pathfinder staff person who has gone “above and beyond” in providing direct services to the Pathfinder clients. The award was founded in memory of the Hancher’s son, Timothy, who was born with severe developmental and physical disabilities and passed away in 1996 at the age of 26. At the dinner, the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors presented Pathfinder Services Lori Mickley, an Outgoing Foundation Board member with a Perske Print for completing her nine years of service to the Pathfinder Foundation Board of Directors in June 2011. Mickley served as Treasurer for the Board and as the Foundation Board President in 2007 and 2008.