Gay PaceThe Arkansas Forestry Association recognized Gay Pace as the 2014 Log A Load Volunteer of the Year at the AFA awards breakfast on September 25.

Pace, procurement manager at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, has worked closely with Log A Load for several years and actively supports the charity’s work with Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH).

Since 1993, the Drew County Log A Load For Kids chapter has raised approximately $1,000,000 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Pace has worked with the Drew County group since 1996 and the effort is a family affair. Her husband, Grant, and her son, Brice, are also active in Log A Load.

“Grant and I began working with Log-A-Load when Brice was a baby,” Pace said. “Once he was old enough, he began helping with the event and it is now a passion for him, too. My family has been blessed in many ways and I truly believe that we are commanded to give back and I can’t think of a better way to give back than through Log A Load.”

Brice said his mother is committed to helping Arkansas Children’s Hospital “because she knows it is an organization that you can have faith in.”

“Several years ago, Gay stepped forward to coordinate our event and she has kept it going,” said Mike Pennington of L.D. Long Logging, who nominated Pace for the award.

Held the first Saturday in August at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, the Drew County Log-A-Load For Kids event continues to draw large crowds and this year’s fundraising total is nearing the $100,000 mark.

Whatever Pace supports, she puts all of her heart into it.

“It is about ownership,” she said. “If you are involved with Log A Load you feel like ACH is your hospital. That makes all of us passionate about raising money for ACH and any time we go to ACH, we can see the kids and their families and know that what we are doing is making a difference in their lives.”