The Kare Bears Founder’s Community Service Award was presented to Edna DeFord at its 2018 annual fall luncheon. This award was created in honor of Rayma Scalzo, founder of Kare Bears.  It is given annually to a person who has provided distinctive leadership and outstanding volunteer service to PebbleCreek and in the surrounding community. The winner is selected by a community-wide nomination and selection process.

When PebbleCreek was new, Edna and her husband, Ken, were one of 6 couples who created the PebbleCreek Community Church.  She started the church choir and served as the volunteer director.

Volunteer driver, Trisha Johnson, was honored for herwillingness to drive PebbleCreek residents to medical appointments anytime, anywhere. 

What a gift to Kare Bears and PebbleCreek!

PebbleCreek Kare Bears

Volunteer of the Year Awarded to Edna Ford

Rayma Scalzo

Thanks, from Kare Bears!
Joyce Van Ornam, President

I must share a secret with you:  People I have met throughout the community and PebbleCreek are astonished that an organization as large and well-organized as Kare Bears is staffed totally by volunteers.  Add to that, the fact that this charitable organization is funded by the donations of generous people and organizations makes Kare Bears truly unique.

Honored at the recent awards luncheon as Friends of Kare

Bears, Nothing Bundt Cakes, has provided

small, tasty cakes free to the Kare Bears luncheon

since 2015.  Accepting the award was owner, Rob Kelly.

This company is just one example of the community

support Kare Bears receives.

Representing Kare Bears coordinators, the largest group of

volunteers in our organization, was Judy Ayers, one of the

coordinators in unit 17.  She was recognized for being

willing to go the extra mile to “be the rainbow in somebody’s

cloud.” (Mayou Angelo)

Don Belonax accepted an award posthumously for his wife,

Jackie Belonax.  Working with Don as a coordinator for

unit 51, Jackie continued to reach out to people in their

unit and throughout PebbleCreek while battling cancer. 

She is remembered by those who knew her as the

embodiment of Kare Bears.

Exceptional Service Awards were given to Share Bears

volunteer, Sally Dwyer and to Health and Wellness

director, Hilary Coltman.

Sally has donated her creative talents, her time, and her money to make gifts for Share Bears participants and to decorate for Share Bears special occasions, such as their Christmas luncheon,  for several years.

Hilary was on the Kare Bears Board as Health and Wellness

Director for three years.  During that time, she expanded

Kare Bears Health and Wellness way beyond her job

description.  She gave freely of her personal training as a

nurse, her organizational skills, and a lot of her time.



If you would like to join this group of exceptional people,  complete a volunteer interest form.  Or, stop by the house at 15383 W. Cheery Lynn, Monday through Friday between 9:00 and 3:00 or Saturday 9:00 to 12:00 and the volunteers will help you fill out the form.  I promise you that we will train you and put you to work!