St. Nicholas Center Receives Award
Carol Myers was honored for the work of St. Nicholas Center at the St. Nicholas Institute's first awards banquet, October 3, 2012.
The institute gave awards to those exemplifying the institute's four core values:
Nicholas as Our Model Inspired by the selfless life of St. Nicholas of Myra, and the noble traditions associated with him, we seek to affirm the dignity of all persons as unique, unrepeatable gifts from God as we embody the joy and peace that flows from the Babe born in Bethlehem.
Openness to the "Christmas Spirit" Since the "Christmas Spirit" and the Holy Spirit are one in the same, we continually pray that we may be open to the very Selfsame Source that animated the life of the original "Santa Claus;" St. Nicholas.
Exercising Compassion As spiritual successors of St. Nicholas, we exercise a special compassion for: the poor (material or spiritual poverty), the orphaned, the sick, the marginalized and the forgotten.
Love for Children Whether dressed in the guise of the benevolent bishop from Myra or a fur clad "elf", we will treat each and every child (and "the young at heart") with the same integrity, sensitivity and unconditional love that characterize "jolly old St. Nicholas."
Myers received the Nicholas as our Model Award for her work as creator of the St. Nicholas Center. Philip Wenz received the Openness to the Christmas Spirit Award for embodying the Christmas spirit year around through his career, the development of the Santa Claus Oath, and other projects. Two local Detroit men were also honored for their care for children, Ted Lindsay and Bill Heaton. Irene Bronner accepted the Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of her late husband Wally and herself for their development of the iconic Bronners' Christmas Store in Frankenmuth that has encouraged the Christmas spirit and enabled the Bronners to be generous philanthropists.
The awards banquet was part of the St. Nicholas Institute, four-day Santa training in the spirit of St. Nicholas, for professional Santas. Instructors were Joseph Marquis, Philip Wenz, Rennie Kaufmann, Carol Myers and Bernie Rochon.
St. Nicholas Institute – 2012
Photo: Marcia Sansotta