Lynn Berry, right, talks with John Eastwood after the United Way Annual Awards Banquet Tuesday at the Landing at Cannon Air Force Base. Berry was honored as United Way’s 2005 Campaign Volunteer of the Year. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth)
By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — It was the first time in two years Lynn Berry wore a tie. His timing was perfect as he dressed for the occasion while accepting the 2005 United Way Campaign Volunteer of the Year on Tuesday at The Landing.
“I told (a co-worker) I was going to try to out-dress the boss (at the event),” he said, not knowing that his boss, Ray Sullivan of Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico, would be presenting him this honor.
“I was surprised,” Berry said after accepting the award at the year-end banquet for United Ways of Curry and Roosevelt counties. “I didn’t see it coming.”
Sullivan said Berry knows few strangers and knew exactly who to call or where to go to get the job done.
“He juggled his job duties effectively while spending hours for several weeks at critical times delivering and picking up scores of United Way donor packets and donations,” Sullivan said. “Lynn would drop what he was doing and take care of (any) problem right away.”
United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said Berry received the award “basically because he was our ‘go-to’ guy. What ever needed done, he did it.”
Berry, community relations director and Newspapers In Education Coordinator for the Clovis News Journal, has worked on several boards throughout the years. From working with the Hartley House to Little League, Berry said he just enjoys being a part of his community.
“I was born and raised here,” the all-around volunteer said. “There’s nothing like seeing Clovis grow and prosper.”
The 2004-2005 campaign raised more than $400,000, which allowed United Way to allocate funds to programs in Curry and Roosevelt counties such as Life Saver Food Bank, American Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Brothers, Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity.
Additional highlights of the evening:
• Special announcement: Curry and Roosevelt counties merge to form The United Way of Eastern New Mexico
• Board Service Awards given to board members who have been with United Way for nine years or more: Cindy Speck, John Sharp and Rick Hauptman
• President’s Award: Ray Sullivan, who was announced as the 2005 president for United Way
• Campaign goals for 2005: To raise $480,005 between both counties
• The Alexis de Tocqueville Society award was presented to Lonnie and Barbara Allsup and Mike and Joyce Landgraf for individually contributing at least $10,000 annually to the United Way.