Bossier Parish 4-H’er wins Special Olympics Entrepreneur Award

Mary Ann Van Osdell, Crnkovic, Jeannie

News Release Distributed 11/10/09

A Bossier Parish 4-H’er was recognized as a Louisiana Leader of Tomorrow by the Special Olympics of Louisiana.

Amanda Pittmon, 19, of Benton, was named Entrepreneur of the Year at a ceremony in Baton Rouge on Nov. 6.

Jeannie Crnkovic, LSU AgCenter agent in Bossier Parish, said Pittmon began stringing beads while in the hospital starting at an early age to stay occupied while she endured and recovered from nearly 80 surgeries and procedures.

“She started sharing her creations with other patients, her nurses and doctors,” Crnkovic said. “Any ‘tips’ she receives from these items go to Water for Life in Africa, and she has given more than $5,000 thus far.”

Pittmon’s most recent project was making blankets to raise money for Walk for Education.

Pittmon has been a 4-H member for 10 years. Her 4-H community service learning interest has revolved around working with the therapy dogs at a local retirement facility and volunteering at the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home.

Pittmon has participated in parish and area 4-H cookery contests and entered items for the State Fair of Louisiana.

Mary Ann Van Osdell
11/11/2009 2:20:04 AM
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