Dale Penny (Up with People CEO) and Phil Worcester (IAA President) presented Betty Belk with the inaugural Betty Belk Award of Distinction for her inspiration, guidance and unceasing devotion to the Up with People organization for the past 53 years.
Dale joked that one of her many achievements was “whispering in Blanton’s ear so that he could remember our names,” to the laugh and applause of the crowd.
Blanton and Betty were surprised by the honor and wanted to share the stage with their family. Betty took the microphone and introduced each child and grandchild before expressing her gratitude for the honor. She concluded with how excited she is for the future of Up with People, Up with People Jr. and what’s next for the organization.
All photos by Matthew Serafin, 16A/B, Communications Co-Chair of IAA Board of Governors