Americus, Ga. - September, 4 2001 - Dan Petron, a dedicated employee of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has been selected as Georgia Worker of the Year, an annual contest sponsored by Dickies Workwear that recognizes those employees who often go beyond what is required. Along with this win, Petron will receive over $500 in cash and prizes.
Dan was selected from thousands of entries from across the nation. Entrants had to write a brief statement explaining why their nominee represents "the spirit of the American worker." Dan's supervisor, Peter Dalva, nominated him for the award, stating that, "Dan exemplifies the American spirit of can-do ingenuity and willingness to help those less fortunate."
Over the past year, Dan has been employed as a construction crew leader at HFHI. As a construction crew leader, Dan oversees renovations and other HFHI construction projects. When asked about his feelings since receiving the award, Dan replied, "I am honored that Peter would take the time to nominate me, and I feel privileged to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in the world." HFHI's founder and president, Millard Fuller said, "I am enormously proud that Dan has been recognized as Georgia Worker of the Year. We cherish Dan here at HFHI and are pleased to have him as a part of our team." Having won the Georgia Worker of the Year award, Dan automatically qualifies for the National American Worker of the Year award, with the winner to be announced on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Labor Day. The national winner will receive their choice of a 2001 Chevy Silverado pickup truck or a Chevy Blazer, and a trip for two to Nashville for the awards ceremony.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 76 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.