By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer
Terry Anderson will be presented the Cornerstone Foundation for Families Humanitarian Award during the agency's Dancing with the Local Stars dinner Friday at the Ambiance.
"This award is an opportunity for us to honor amazing people in our community who have done great work for the benefit of others," said John Hirner, executive director at Cornerstone.
Anderson is this year's honoree thanks to two decades of volunteer work.
After leaving her position as director of radiology at Quincy Physicians & Surgeons Clinic 20 years ago, Anderson intended to slow down and enjoy raising her children. Soon Anderson was volunteering her time to organizations involving her children. She found the work rewarding and others soon recognized her skills and sought her help.
Anderson has volunteered at St. Peter's Arts in the Park and Fall Festival and the QND Extravaganza. She spent 10 years on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and was co-chairman of the Christmas Campaign in 2007. She spent six years on the board of directors for the Advocacy Network for Children and spent two years as board president. She served for five years on the Symphony of Trees and Beaux Arts Commission.
Anderson found a new passion three years ago when her niece introduced her to Quincy Equestrian Services and Therapy -- QUEST. Horses that have been abused, neglected or unwanted are rehabilitated at QUEST and then work in the group's therapeutic riding program. Anderson is the volunteer barn manager and oversees the day-to-day operations of the stable.
Hirner said after Anderson's award presentation the third annual Dancing with the Local Stars competition will be held. Dance pairs from the community will perform for celebrity judges who will grade the dancing and offer colorful commentary. Audience members will have a chance to vote as well, selecting the people's choice winners.
Hirner said Dancing with the Local Stars has become a major fundraiser for Cornerstone. Major sponsors of the event are AA Dental Care, ETC ComputerLand, Gully Transportation, Mercantile Bank, Staradio, Titan International, TNT Action Sports and Town & Country Bank. Tickets for the event are $50 per person, with reservations made through Cornerstone at (217) 222-8254.
Cornerstone began as Family Service Agency of Adams County on Nov. 6, 1947. The name was changed to Cornerstone Foundations for Families in 2002. It is a licensed child welfare agency that provides a variety of family support and counseling services for individuals of all ages as well as couples and families.