BlueCotton Mary Ruth King Award Donation Benefits Hope Harbor

BlueCotton will donate $1,000 in recipient Charles Williams' name to Hope Harbor, a nonprofit crisis counseling center.

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BlueCotton, a custom apparel provider, announced that Charles “Kalob” Williams is the recipient of the Mary Ruth King Award for 2024.

Established in December 2022, this distinction commemorates Mary Ruth King, a cherished team member who dedicated eight years to the company as a screen printer before tragically losing her battle with cancer on July 13 of the same year.

“Mary Ruth was a remarkable person, making this recognition an immense honor,” Williams says. “I am deeply grateful to BlueCotton for the opportunity to preserve her memory while contributing to a cause in need.”

According to BlueCotton, the award acknowledges individuals within the BlueCotton community who embody the exceptional qualities exemplified by King: leadership, mentorship, and dedication.

Reflecting on the inspiration behind the award, BlueCotton CEO Mike Coffey said, “We wanted to do something to honor Mary. She was a quiet person, but she was a leader, nonetheless. She led by example, and everyone who worked with her had great respect for her ability and character. We just wanted to do something to honor her memory.”

In addition to the recognition, BlueCotton will donate $1,000 in the recipient’s name to an organization of their choosing. Williams, a valued member of the BlueCotton team, has chosen to donate the $1,000 gift to Hope Harbor. Hope Harbor serves as a nonprofit crisis counseling center for victims of sexual assault serving south-central Kentucky.

“I have witnessed the impacts of sexual assault firsthand,” Williams said. “I hope through this donation we can continue to provide resources to those in need.”

“Hope Harbor is honored to be chosen as the recipient of this generous gift,” said Hope Harbor Executive Director Melissa Whitley. “It’s through donations like these that we can provide vital support to survivors of sexual harm on their journey to healing.”

In commemorating King’s memory and commitment to service, BlueCotton says it remains steadfast in its dedication to recognizing and supporting individuals who positively impact their work community. The company looks forward to continuing this tradition of honoring excellence and giving back.

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Marie Fennema is the managing editor of GRAPHICS PRO, including GRAPHICS PRO Today, covering news and guidance in apparel decoration, awards and engraving, and sign and digital printing.

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