Among all those honored with the Golden Deeds award over more than 70 years, there have been many who have contributed money and time to charitable activities in the Baton Rouge area.
This year’s winner has a special place in many hearts, as Vera Martin started — while a guidance counselor at Broadmoor High School — the arts and crafts fair that began in 1973. After that, despite Martin’s schedule as educator and volunteer at Parkview Baptist Church, it was off to the races.
She helped organize arts and crafts fairs that raised money for schools and local groups looking for another way to support charitable endeavors. Her skills and service as a board member of organizations in the region is a long list, and one of the reasons she is joining the ranks of the Golden Deeds winners in its 72nd year.
The award is bestowed by the Inter-Civic Council and The Advocate. Martin will be honored at a banquet Nov. 12.
What’s on her calendar lately? One commitment involves an organization that is working on an issue relevant to seemingly every day’s headlines: the transition of young women from a criminal background to becoming contributors to society. Her most recent work is with Esther House, where women released from prison can get a new start on life.
These and others of Martin’s causes live up to the phrase of the Bible, bread cast upon the waters to be returned a thousand-fold.