Mayor presents more 'Points of Light' awards

Ray and Sandy Jennings were award a
Ray and Sandy Jennings were award a 'Points of Light' award.
— image credit: Dannie Oliveaux/Staff Photo

Port Orchard Mayor Tim Matthes awarded three more Points of Light awards during the intermission of the Breath of Aire’s “Make a Joyful Noise” concert at Christian Life Center on Sunday night. The concert was hosted by South Kitsap Helpline as a fundraiser.

Before a crowd of several hundred people, Matthes presented the awards to Dr. J. Bayard DuBois, conductor for the Breath of Aire choir, Christian Life Center Pastor Ray Jennings and his wife Sandy, and Jennifer Hardison, executive director for South Kitsap Helpline.

Matthes’ Points of Light awards are inspired by the song “Points of Light,” sung by Randy Travis.

During the presentation, the mayor asked DuBois to help him with the three Points of Light awards. Matthes asked the conductor to read who one of the awards was going to be presented to.

DuBois was surprised to read his name etched onto the glass award as the choir and audience applauded.

Matthes recited the first part of the song, which he said reminded him of DuBois and his choir.

“This award is for you and the entire choir who are truly points of light,” Matthes said.

DuBois, a Kent dentist, has been the conductor of Breath of Aire since it was formed in 1999. Breath of Aire is a Pacific Northwest choir with more than 100 singers from all over the state. The members have a variety of musical backgrounds, with talent ranging from first year singers to professional musicians.

“These are interesting folks (the Jennings) that we all know and love, and that has been in our community more than 20 years,” Matthes said. “They really meet the second part of the song.”

The Jennings were shocked when Matthes made the presentation.

“I am speechless and I don’t know what to say,” said the pastor. “This is amazing and thank you so much. It’s an honor to be part of this community.”

The Jennings have been in the ministry for more than 40 years. Ray Jennings has been pastor of Christian Life Center for 18 years.

Matthes said Hardison has been involved in so many activities within the community and helps South Kitsap people when “they are down and out.”

Hardison said when she began work with South Kitsap Helpline 13 years ago, the non-profit agency was serving 1,500 people each month.

“We are now serving more than 4,000 people a month,” she said. “Last month alone we served more than 7,000 individuals.”

Hardison said she was “honored and humbled” to be chosen as one of the mayor’s Points of Light award recipients

“What a complete surprise!” said Hardison. “I am so fortunate to have a wonderful team of dedicated people at South Kitsap Helpline working with me everyday who are also Points of Light in our community. My light would not shine nearly as brightly without each one of them and all of the work they do on behalf of those in need.”

Hardison said she’s sharing the award with all of the Helpline staff and volunteers.

South Kitsap Helpline has been in existence since 1980.

Hardison thanked the choir, church and those who attended the fundraising concert.


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