Albany, GA – Albany Advocacy Resource Center (Albany ARC) will celebrate its 33rd Annual Community Awards Banquet Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Albany. This year’s Banquet will feature Keynote Speaker, Mark Butler, Commissioner Georgia Department of Labor.
Mark Butler became Georgia’s ninth Commissioner of Labor on January 10, 2011.
A native of Carrollton, Commissioner Butler had served the previous eight years in the Georgia General Assembly, representing House District 18, comprised of Carroll and Haralson counties. During that time, he served as the Chairman of the House Appropriations Human Resources Sub-Committee, which oversees all operations of the budget for several of the largest state agencies, including the Departments of Labor, Human Services, and Behavioral Health.
A fiscal conservative, Commissioner Butler believes that his legislative appropriations experience with the Department of Labor gives him valuable insight necessary to properly administer the department’s $450 million annual budget in the best interests of all Georgians.
While in the House of Representatives, Butler also served as vice-chair of the Industrial Relations Committee, as well as a member of the committees for Governmental Affairs and Health and Human Resources. Throughout his legislative career, Butler worked closely with other members to limit government spending, maximize taxpayers’ dollars, and increase efficiency of state departments.
He supported legislation that reduces taxes, improves quality of life, and encourages economic growth, including the elimination of the state property tax, mental health Ombudsman, and the Juvenile Code Rewrite Commission. He was co-chair of the Human Resources Taskforce, which commanded the largest restructuring of Georgia state government in 30 years.
Commissioner Butler has worked with his family’s small business in Carrolton as a real estate appraiser for over 20 years and is committed to promoting business growth and development
Commissioner Butler graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Public Administration. He is a member of his local Kiwanis Club and the Carroll and Haralson County Chambers of Commerce. He has two children: a daughter, Sydney, and son, Blake. The Butler family attends Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton.
Albany Arc’s 33rd Annual Award Banquet will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 101 S. Front Street, Albany, GA. The evening will start with a reception at 6:00 where guests will have the opportunity to meet the Keynote Speaker of the event followed by dinner at 7:00.
During the Banquet, Albany ARC Executive Director Annette Bowling and Deputy Director Sandra Edge will present awards to people we support for their successes, outstanding board members, and Albany ARC community partners.
The Awards Banquet ticket is $20, which includes dinner. Sponsorship Tables for eight are available. Anyone interested in attending should call Lou Johnson Lee at Albany ARC at (229) 888-6852 ext .361, or email at email@example.com. If you prefer, you may purchase tickets on-line at www.albanyarc.org.
About Albany ARC
Albany Advocacy Resource Center is the leading non-profit provider of services in Southwest Georgia for individuals with developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For nearly 49 years, Albany ARC has offered help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Though therapy, training, education and support services, Albany ARC creates life-changing solutions to help people with disabilities live, learn, work and play. For more information, visit www.albanyarc.org,