Spirit of Oakland award goes to Fayette County Schools

From left are Fayette County Director of Schools James Teague, Chamber Executive Director Pattie Krepela and Ring Container CFO Tim Whalen.

From left are Fayette County Director of Schools James Teague, Chamber Executive Director Pattie Krepela and Ring Container CFO Tim Whalen.

The Oakland Regional Chamber of Commerce recently held its annual major fundraiser, the Denim and Diamonds Gala. The event was sold out and the most successful Gala yet for the Chamber.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Spirit of Oakland award. That award goes annually to an individual, business or organization that demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life in Oakland and across Fayette County. In particular, the award goes to the recipient for making Oakland and Fayette County a better place to work, live, play, and pray. Past winners have included the Revolution Church, Jim and Linda Larkin and Beth Johnson.
The winner of the 2015 Spirit of Oakland award went to the Fayette County Schools. Director of Schools James M. Teague accepted the award on behalf of all of his staff, faculty, students and employees.
When presenting the award, Tim Whalen, CFO of Ring Container Technologies, acknowledged the school system for its “heart and passion to impact the lives of all Fayette County residents over both the short term and the long term.”
He also talked about the dedication of all the employees across the county despite the difficult challenges they face. The leadership of Teague and the hard work of the students were other factors in the recognition.
In addition, Whalen spoke of the community-wide efforts being launched to “spruce up” the school facilities so that students, teachers and residents can have increased pride in their schools.
Efforts began on March 21, with the second day to take place on April 11.