Culver’s Burke Volunteer of the Year at Age of Excellence awards in South Bend
David Burke of Culver was presented with an “Age of Excellence Award” at the 17th annual luncheon banquet held at the Century Center in South Bend on May 16.
Master of Ceremonies was WNDU TV journalist Terry McFadden and keynote speaker was award winning vocalist and musician Amy Grant. Over 700 attended.
The Culver Community Council of Churches put Burke’s name and credentials up for consideration for the “Kimble Volunteer of the Year” award, given to an individual, 60 years of age or older, who has displayed a commitment to volunteerism in service to the elderly.
Burke was nominated due to his dedication to the Culver area's “Meals-on-Wheels” program, in which he has served for 19 years as a driver, with 14 of those years as driver plus coordinator of the program, all on a volunteer basis. In early 2013, Burke felt it was time to turn over the driving and the management of this program to someone else.
Burke was one of 15 nominees for the award, and was called forward for the presentation, which was presented by Steven Watts, chairman of Real Services, and Amy Grant.
Real Services, Inc. provides services to the elderly and is headquartered in South Bend; it services Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall and St. Joseph counties. The organization helps over 30,000 elderly people located in this six-county area and manages the workload by way of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers like Burke.