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First Lady Sandy Parnell Announces Volunteers of the Year


April 02, 2012
Monday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – First Lady Sandy Parnell announced today the recipients of the First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards. The six recipients were chosen by an executive committee of Alaskan community members.

Ketchikan resident Lisa Topping was selected to receive one of the First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards. The First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards are awarded to those who engage in volunteer activities within Alaska, show remarkable personal commitment to long-term volunteer service, or have made a substantial impact on their community or the state.

Topping works behind the scenes at the Ketchikan VFW and can regularly be found decorating the VFW hall for events. She is being recognized for her compassionate heart in reaching out to people who are in the hospital or homebound. The nomination for the award noted that she and her husband Gene bring sandwiches, flowers, reading materials, and friendship to those who are unable to move about on their own and that she brings cheer to the community of Ketchikan with her smile. Quoting the news release, "Families are also given a much needed break and are comforted knowing someone is staying with their family member while they are at work or running errands." Topping is also being recognized for her devotion to her country and to Alaska’s servicemen and women.

“It is an honor to continue this exceptional tradition that recognizes citizens who have given their time and talent to help others,” said First Lady Parnell. “Our state is blessed to have so many Alaskans dedicated to serving their communities, fellow citizens, and encouraging others in volunteerism.”  

Other Alaskans receiving the First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards are:

  • Marvin Hadenfeldt of Anchorage
  • Jim Cedeno of Old Harbor, Alaska.
  • Teisha Simmons of Interior Alaska
  • Tracy Golly of Girdwood
  • Donna Anthony of Palmer

The volunteers will be recognized at a luncheon and ceremony on May 4th.


Source of News: 

Office of the Governor


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