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White Oak council honors Jamie's Dream Team, Dorothy's Candies

| Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 2:31 a.m.
AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS
Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey presented Jamie Holmes, center, of Jamie's Dream Team with a proclamation for her numerous charitable contributions. White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton presented Holmes with a certificate of achievement from borough council.
AARON LOUGHNER | DAILY NEWS
White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton reads a proclamation congratulating Dorothy's Candies on 65 years of business.

Allegheny County Councilman Bob Macey and White Oak council honored Jamie's Dream Team founder Jamie Holmes on Monday night.

Macey, on behalf of Allegheny County Council, presented Holmes with a proclamation.

He said Holmes and her charity are an example of volunteerism, selflessness and doing the right thing.

“Ms. Jamie Holmes, founder of White Oak-based nonprofit Jamie's Dream Team, is dedicated to making dreams come true for individuals who are handicapped, disabled, terminally ill, severely injured or suffering from a serious medical condition, disease or trauma,” the county proclamation said.

It noted Holmes was recognized on March 7 by KDKA as a Hometown Hero, in addition to four others.

“We thank Ms. Holmes and her Dream Team for lifting the spirits and enhancing the quality of life in the county for the children and adults,” the proclamation said.

Holmes said her nonprofit organization started out nearly eight years ago in White Oak with borough council president Dave Pasternak and Councilman Kenneth Robb as the Dream Team's first board members.

“It's been absolutely amazing,” she said. “We started out with doing one dream in West Mifflin and now we've done over 500 dreams within the last eight years. We know every time something comes up, we can go to our local community business owners and not have a problem at all on getting a donation or getting support. It means so much to us.”

White Oak Mayor Ina Jean Marton gave Holmes a certificate of achievement from borough council for her KDKA recognition.

“In recognition of this distinguished endeavor and an accomplishment which has earned the esteem of the residents of White Oak borough,” the certificate said. “This achievement has confirmed honor upon this borough to be shared by each of us.”

Macey had a proclamation for Dorothy's Candies, and borough council had a certificate to celebrate the White Oak chocolatier's 65th anniversary. No one from the business was present at the council meeting.

Marton said council is very happy to have Dorothy's Candies as a local business.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or slee@tribweb.com.

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