Asset Builder of the Month:
July 02, 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska - PATCHWorks has announced Bob Norton as their
"Asset Builder" for June. Norton was nominated and
selected over six months ago for this recognition, but due to
the many other honors he has been receiving from the community,
PATCHWorks decided to wait until June to present this award.
PATCHWorks coordinator Karen
Eakes said Norton was recognizedat a June City Council meeting
and present a quilt square from the Rainy Day Quilters and a
few words of praise and thanks from PATCHWorks and a couple of
his many young friends that he has mentored and guided since
they were small children. She said, "Bob was honored for
all the years of dedication and commitment he has made to the
youth of our community over the years."
Pictured with Bob Norton
are Nick Fama and Sean Hovik.
Photograph courtesy PATCHWorks
"Through his many years of reporting youth sporting events,
his dedicated coaching efforts, and his financial and moral support,
he has had been a huge presence in youth sports," said Eakes.
In addition Norton has been a long time supporter of PATCHWorks
and the developmental assets through his early participation
as a vision team member, a Healthy Communities Healthy Youth
conference attendee, and an advocate for youth as a City Council
member. Eakes said, "Through his contact and work with young
people, he has addressed and supported many of the assets that
encourage positive youth development. He has observed many young
people developing assets as they grow and mature over the years.
Due to his love of sports and 'rock and roll' he has been able
to connect with them in a very special way. PATCHWorks and the
community as a whole cannot thank Bob enough for being the wonderful
role model and asset builder that he is. "
Eakes said, "As many in
the community know, Bob is currently struggling with ALS, otherwise
known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Bob is meeting this challenge
with courage, hope, a positive attitude and the support and prayers
of his family and friends. He serves as a powerful example to
all of us."
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