Diane Tillotson, Plymouth State University’s senior business services assistant in the advancement office, as been named the most recent winner of the Pemigewasset National Bank’s Community Counts Awards Program.
Community Counts encourages and rewards the efforts of individuals and organizations within Central New Hampshire that work to improve our communities.
Diane received $1,500 monetary prize, which she will donate to Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive, and a plaque to commemorate the award. Additionally, her name will appear on a larger plaque in the Pemi Bank’s West Plymouth office, which recognizes all recipients of this award.
Tillotson was recognized for her volunteer efforts as one of the leaders of Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive which organizes a walk each October with the primary goals being to ease the burden of cancer and let those affected by cancer know that people care. The first walk was organized six years ago by Melissa Merrill, a Plymouth State student who lost her mother to the disease. The organization has continued to raise a substantial amount of money each year— $10,430 in 2004. The proceeds of the event are used to provide aid and/or support to those in the Plymouth area, as well as their families, who are either battling cancer or who have succumbed to it.
In addition to “Keeping You, Me, and Memories Alive”, Tillotson is actively involved in the planning of WalkAmerica each spring to benefit March of Dimes. Plymouth was selected as a new walk-site four years ago and has since become the most active in New Hampshire, raising $18,000 last year alone. She also participates in the Hunger for Homelessness Food Chain, organizes the Russell House holiday food drive and has been a volunteer for hospice and Speare Memorial Hospital.
“Service learning is part of a student’s education, as it helps make that very education complete” commented Tillotson, a resident of the Plymouth area for the last 33 years. “We are fortunate to have the resources of Community of Caring at Plymouth Regional High School and the Community Service Learning Center at Plymouth State University. As adults, we give our children the opportunity to learn the nature of caring and giving, and we truly work to become role models for our children.”