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Bedell wins Buster Dickerson Award for volunteering

Special Photo: Ginger Bedell (front row, center) was recently named a Buster Dickerson Award recipient by Speedway Children’s Charities, for her volunteer efforts with the organization. She was congratulated, Tuesday, by the Henry County Board of Commissioners, and others with the charity group.

Special Photo: Ginger Bedell (front row, center) was recently named a Buster Dickerson Award recipient by Speedway Children’s Charities, for her volunteer efforts with the organization. She was congratulated, Tuesday, by the Henry County Board of Commissioners, and others with the charity group.

Ginger Bedell, of Stockbridge, said she enjoys volunteering, as a way to help children in need. “There are so many kids, who don’t have opportunities to be a child,” she said. “This is just a way of giving back.”

Bedell was recently honored by Speedway Children’s Charities, with the second annual Buster Dickerson Award. The accolade is named for a former member of the charity group’s executive board, who passed away in 2009.

Bedell has been a volunteer with Speedway Children’s Charities for three years, assisting with 50/50 raffles during Thursday Thunder and Friday Night Drags events at Atlanta Motor Speedway, in Hampton.

She appreciates the organization’s efforts on behalf of children with cancer and other challenges, through grants to various organizations.

“My family has always been one that gave back,” she said. “I enjoy seeing the amount of money raised in a year, knowing it helps children,” said Bedell.

She has worked at the Clayton County Tax Assessor’s Office for 24 years, and has participated in volunteer endeavors for much of that time. Bedell was recognized this week by the Henry County Board of Commissioners for receiving the Buster Dickerson Award.

She called Speedway Children’s Charities a “great organization,” which is constantly in need of more people to give their time to kids’ causes.

“It’s hard work, but it’s fun work,” she said. “You can’t ever have enough volunteers,” said Bedell. “The more we have, the more we can do.”

Ginger Moats, the executive director of the Atlanta chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, congratulated Bedell for going “above and beyond” in her volunteer efforts.

Bedell and her husband, Baxter, have three children — Bryan, Rachelle and Heather. For more information on volunteer opportunities with Speedway Children’s Charities, visit http://atlanta.speedwaycharities.org/.