holiday float awardEarlier this week, we shared with you our first place win in the downtown Americus Christmas parade float contest. We still can’t stop talking about it, as staff and peers compare notes.

We love Stuart Perry’s matter-of-fact comment about the award: “We have placed before in the local parade. But to receive first place is like any other competition – FIRST PLACE IS THE BEST!” He adds, “It is great to have this recognition in such a festive way.”

This year’s float design and construction took weeks of collaboration, led by Amanda Perry and Jeff Williams. The enthusiastic duo enlisted the help of many peers and staff members, who helped construct the stylized locomotive, then decorate the float with wreathes, tinsel, and lighting

Amanda explains, “The concept was that we at Perry Wellness Center seek to lead our area and state in addressing mental illness and substance abuse. We would like to think we were powerful and leading the way, but sometimes we seem to take detours.” Of course, the concept of being on a train means that they are more likely to stay on track!

As the Perry Wellness Center campus enjoys the growing holiday spirit, people are all smiles about the latest accomplishment, including, left to right above: Barry Smith, Amanda Perry (holding award), Essie Fulks, Mese Stewart, and Jeff Williams. 

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