The city of Pratt awarded Mary Harms with the Joe Wynn Volunteer of the Year award Monday at their regular meeting.
Mary Harms was presented the 2018 Joe Wynn Volunteer of the Year Award at Monday night’s Pratt City Commission Meeting.
Harms was nominated for the award by Pratt Park Superintendent Mark Eckhoff for her dedication in keeping the Lemon Park Lights burning brightly during each Christmas season.
“Mary spends hours and hours on the Christmas lights,” Eckhoff said.
Harms said her role in keeping the lights aglow each Christmas holiday is to check each string of lights, one-by-one, to make sure there are no burnt-out bulbs.
“There’s a LOT of strings,” Harms said.
The only way to do this is to plug in each and every string of lights and do a visual check that all the bulbs are lit.
To assure no bulb is left unchecked, Harms said she starts in late August and works two to three nights a week, staying at the task for about an hour and a half for each volunteer session.
Harms usually works alongside her sister Theresa Miller whose husband Ron Miller serves as volunteer overseer of Lemon Park Lights displays.
As the Christmas season approaches, Mary said she steps up her volunteer sessions to weekends as well.
“I’m honored to receive the award,” Harms told city commissioners as she accepted her award Monday night.
Harms, who has worked in the rebate department of Stanion Wholesale Electric since 1997, will be memorialized with a plaque in her honor that will be placed in Lemon Park alongside plaques of previous recipients.
The award memorializes Joe Wynn who, among other things, is remembered for his association as one of the owner-managers of the historic Jett Store at 300 South Main where Sears is now located.