Rockport Mayor Pat Rios, during the Rockport City Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, June 9, presented the first “Spirit of Rockport” Award to the founders of the Aransas County PPE Sewing Group - Lisa Gordon, Jessee Pilgrim and Mary Theisen.
The three Rockport residents galvanized a community of sewers who provided more than 6,000 free masks for residents, nursing homes, government offices, and businesses. The group also held four drive-by mask distribution events.
“It started with the three of us, but people just started jumping in and helping,” said Theisen.
After naming off a long list of volunteers who joined in the effort, Theisen said, “We share this award with the many community members who volunteered their time, effort, money, and materials to the group. We were amazed at the community support we received. People pitched in without any expectation of recognition or thanks. They simply wanted to help in whatever way they could during these uncertain times. We are very grateful for the help of our volunteers.”
Gordon thanked her husband and family for “putting up with masks all over the house,” and for helping distribute the masks.
She organized six major distributions.
“Jessee and I offered to help her, but she didn’t need us. She had her family and friends backing her up,” said Theisen.
The group is taking a break, but will jump right back into their volunteer service if there is a spike in COVID-19 cases.
The Spirit of Rockport award was developed to recognize individuals and organizations that exemplify the unique spirit of Rockport and go above and beyond to make the community a better place.
Each recipient will receive a limited edition, commemorative medal specifically designed for the city’s Sesquicentennial.
The city is accepting nominations for the award, and presentations will be made at future council meetings.
The city also wants to recognize the oldest living resident and the first child to be born in 2020.
Nomination forms are available on the Sesquicentennial page of the city’s web site https://cityofrockport.com/722/Sesquicentennial.