HUNTINGTON — A daughter of Marshall, who resides in Point Pleasant, has been honored by the Marshall University Alumni Association.
Brandy Barkey Sweeney, was recognized this past weekend at the 80th annual Marshall University Alumni Awards Banquet, and presented the Outstanding Community Achievement Award.
According to a statement from Marshall University, Sweeney, an educator and marketing professional, was chosen for the award due to her decades of experience in giving back to her community. She has served as the county coordinator for the Mason County Toys for Kids Association for more than 30 years and has devoted her life to giving back to her community. This giving back has more recently included her involvement in promoting organ donation education and awareness. Sweeney herself underwent a heart transplant.
“I’m so honored to be chosen as the national award winner,” she said. “My parents taught me the importance of giving back to the community and I know my grandparents and great grandparents (Monroe) were very involved locally so it’s kind of in my DNA. I have to also give credit to my organ donor for giving me the gift of life so that I can continue helping others.”
Also recognized at the banquet:
Jeffrey Porter, founder and owner of Porter & Associates CPA, was named recipient of the Marshall University Distinguished Alumni Award, MUAA’s highest honor. Other award recipients included Red Dawson, recipient of the Distinguished Service to Marshall Award; both Sweeney and George Smailes, were recipients of the Outstanding Community Achievement Award; Griffin McElroy, recipient of the Young Alumni Award; and a number of additional honorees including MUAA Club of the Year, scholarship awards and awards from many of Marshall University’s colleges were presented.
“Recognizing the accomplishments of our alumni each year during our annual awards banquet is a tremendous honor and tradition we treasure,” said Matt Hayes, executive director of alumni relations.
The Marshall University Alumni Awards Banquet was part of the larger Alumni Weekend, celebrating all things Marshall University. The two-day gathering included a number of activities for alumni of all ages and offered a unique opportunity to reminisce with fellow Marshall alums while witnessing first-hand the growth and future plans of Marshall University.
Information for this article submitted by the MU office of University Communications.