The Sylacauga’s Promise Committee recognized Warner for her many years of service to the community. Her daughter Stacy accepted the award on her behalf.
Stacy said she felt “blessed and honored to be Virgie Warner’s daughter.”
“I don’t know how to put it into words, my heart is bursting with pride,” she said. “What a wonderful woman. It is amazing the amount she did for her community.”
Warner volunteered for several groups, including The Arc, March of Dimes and Boys and Girls Club. She also worked as senior program support specialist for the state of Alabama
She died March 17 at the age of 74. Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement director Margaret Morton called Warner “the heart of the Sylacauga’s Promise effort since we began.”
“Virgie’s [recognition] was for her contribution to impacting the lives of people in Talladega County,” Morton said. “Her service is legendary and we wanted to honor that.”
Sylacauga Grows was also named a Spirit of the Promise Award winner. The group has created a community garden through volunteer work which provided food to residents.
“So many people have been involved in that,” Morton said. “Thousands of dollars in volunteer service, time and resources have come to this to make it a success. There has been a lot of community engagement.”
Stacy said she had received many wonderful phone calls and messages regarding her mother. She also said The Arc was also planning to honor Virgie at their annual “Sunshine Saturday” fundraiser May 1 in Talladega.
Stacy added the reason volunteering was important to her mother was because of her love of people.
“Mother was an amazing woman, little tiny high-heeled shoes that I will never be able to fill,” she said. “She gave everything in her heart and soul into the work of making other peoples lives better or happier. That is about the best way I could sum it up.”