Allen Homra, his wife Stacey and their daughter Madison.
Stuttgart, January 28, 2005.
Allen Homra, son of Bill & Joan Homra of Fulton, Kentuckey, was honored as the 2004 Citizen of the Year at the annual Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday night.
Homra, an investment consultant for Edward Jones, was honored for his efforts to bring the Easter Seals Child Development Center to Stuttgart and other community activities.
When Easter Seals approached Stuttgart about building a new Child Development Center, Homra was one of the first to volunteer his time. He served as chairman of the first "Rice N Roll With Me," a local fund-raising effort to raise money for the Child Development Center.
He also went to visit local business leaders to raise more money. Through his leadership and the efforts of his team of volunteers, more than $400,000 was raised in Stuttgart to make the Easter Seals Child Development Center a reality. That $400,000 represented more than half of the $750,000 budget needed to open the doors.
Nearly 40 percent of the 77 children attending the center are disabled. For the first time since their birth, they are receiving daily speech, physical and occupational therapy and group interaction with normally developing children, close to home without having to make the lengthy trip to Little Rock.
His efforts did not go unrecognized. He was featured in the High Profile section of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He also was recognized by his company, Edward Jones, for his efforts in the community.
His nomination states: "This is a person who gets things done. He is highly motivated, a hard worker and a true leader. If you want to raise a lot of money, or if you want a job done that will set a new level, you call him."
"He is very selective in what he volunteers to do, but when he says yes, watch out."
Garland Derden, last year's Citizen of the Year, said Homra "moved to Stuttgart as a young man and quickly made Stuttgart his home. After his first year in Stuttgart, it seemed like he had literally met everyone in town."