Marty Paulk Cheerleader Awards
2014 Winner Jan Smith.
Dr. Jan Smith was the recipient of the Marty Paulk
Cheerleader Award for 2014, and, honestly, she could
have been the recipient on any given year as she has
been a true cheerleader for GERL for many, many years.
I remember years ago when she was in charge of the GERL auctions.
She orchestrated a huge live auction at the Gwinnett
Civic Auditorium, with the help from her office staff.
It was a pretty big deal. Mickey Farmer was the
auctioneer and there were some great auction items to be
had. In fact, there was so many items that it lasted for
hours. She raised thousands of dollars for GERL and left
a BIG pair of shoes to fill when she retired from doing
the auctions. In years even previous to that she was
buying stock trailers for the GDA or computers, or
whatever they needed to get the Equine program going.
Today, Jan continues to support GERL in so many ways. She is
notorious for providing us with all of the beautiful
Coach and Dooney & Bourke purses for our auctions, not
to mention art work, condos to Vail Colorado and Disney
World. Many of the auction items we had for the Rescue
Challenge came from Jan. She was also instrumental in
helping us out financially with the Rescue Challenge by
donating the money for the winners.
She prefers to stay in the background and never wants public
recognition for her generosity. In fact, I know that
when she reads this article she will probably want to
choke me! (Just kidding!) She is one of the most
generous and loyal cheerleaders that GERL has had the
good fortune to attract so many years ago and,
personally, I am so very glad she is part of the GERL
team! Congratulations, Jan!
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