POTTER, Neb. -- A small Nebraska Panhandle town is honoring a community member who died by awarding another community member with recognition for their volunteer service.

During Potter Days over the Labor Day weekend, village of Potter and the Potter Days Committee awarded the Amy Jones Volunteer Award to one of Potter's most dedicated volunteers.

"The Amy Jones Volunteer Award is in loving memory of a woman who was one of Potter's most vibrant, involved and giving volunteers," the Potter Day Commissioners said in a statement.

Potter Days Secretary, Treasurer, and Chairperson, Erika Revord said the reason they award the Amy Jones Award at Potter Days is because she was the Potter Days Chairperson for many years. Revord said she never stepped away from the Potter Days Committee, even when she was battling breast cancer.

"Amy was an incredible woman all around," Revord said. "She always had a smiling face, helping wherever she could."

Jones died of cancer and in 2018 and the Potter Days Committee created the Amy Jones Award.

Organizers said the award recognizes volunteers who have dedicated countless hours and years of their own time to make our community and surrounding area what it is today.

Revord and Parade Chair Kristin Kasten said they were honored to present the award to Drew Enevoldson.

"Drew, like Amy, has brought motivation, ingenuity, and an undeniable value to our community," Kasten said. "He is an excellent example of bringing your very best to the community you call home."

Enevoldson is a volunteer and member of the Lions Club. He has helped with the renovation of the Duckpin Bowling Alley, and is a member of the Potter Community Improvement group. 

He has helped with many projects including the building of the reading garden, various park projects, repairing the soda fountains, and a Potter Days Volunteer, and one of the original members of the PNCC committee.

"Drew served on the Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce for many years, helping give Potter a more prominent voice in the county and state, bringing additional commerce and tourism to Potter," Kasten said.

Enevoldson has helped restore Legion Hall, taking part in the demolition and design, as well as raising funds for the project. He also assisted in the renovation of the new visitor center.

"Drew has devoted a tremendous amount of time to the Potter Melodrama. He has spent many long spring and summer evenings either as an actor or director, and often both at once. He has been involved in Legion Shows during Potter Days for many years," Kasten said.

Among Enevoldson's most notable contributions to the community is the work he has done to create, promote and organize one of Potter’s most successful events: The Potter Carbowl. As one of the original founders, Chairman, and Treasurer, Enevoldson has spent many hours of his time on the event.

"His natural talent for marketing and salesmanship along with his fierce love for this community has helped grow the event to a level few imagined possible, bringing in over 1,000 people annually to Potter from all over the country," Kasten said. "Drew’s vision for The Potter Carbowl has been to create an event which not only locals and tourists can enjoy, but more importantly to raise money for local community projects and charities."

Kasten said the Potter Carbowl raises thousands of dollars each year.

"He has been a driving force behind keeping Potter a memorable place for visitors, and a desirable place to live," Kasten said.

Potter Days volunteers said Enevoldson brings immense value to the community and is an excellent role model for the youth by instilling and emulating the importance of volunteering at a young age.

"He excels at turning ideas into reality and continues to give back to Potter in any way he can," Kasten said. "We appreciate your dedication to Potter through years of selfless service, support, and by the example you lead by."

Enevoldson said he appreciates the award and is grateful to live in the community of Potter