2012 Honorees

 

    • Ann Wheat, of Phoenix, The Arizona Lost Boys Center – In 2002, Wheat was one of the first volunteers to meet the “Lost Boys” when they arrived in Phoenix. The Lost Boys are the survivors and refugees from the Second Sudanese Civil War. Seeing a notice in her church bulletin, she signed up for the 4-month commitment to help these young men become acquainted to their new world. Her four months turned into 12 years and counting.
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    • Earl Weisbrod, DDS, Phoenix, CASS Dental Clinic – Dr. Weisbrod, a dentist who was once looking for something to give his life purpose and structure, realized that in order to help himself, he needed to help others. CASS Dental Clinic was the perfect fit. For many years, he’s been helping the homeless get back their smile.
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    • Greg Jensen & Dwight Smart, Mesa, Room for Joy – Jensen and Smart are two carpenters and volunteers who design and create imaginative bedrooms for chronically ill children with the hope of enhancing their healing process. Using the child’s imagination and unique interests, Jensen & Smart conceal medical equipment by creating wall murals, custom furniture and creative accessories to change bedrooms into fantasy lands.
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    • Dr. H.C. ‘Mac’ McClure, Mesa, Flights for Life – McClure and the Flights for Life organization work with hospitals, blood banks, health care agencies, and private individuals in order to supply free medical air transportation services for blood and blood products. He and his fellow Flights for Life pilots fly to many communities, large and small, throughout Arizona.
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    • Kathleen Lewis, Glendale, Packages from Home – Lewis founded Packages from Home in 2001 with a mission to send care and comfort packages to deployed American military heroes who are stationed in active duty theaters around the world, as well as to facilitate activities that elevate morale of all veterans.
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    • Shura Wallin, Green Valley, Green Valley Samaritans – Wallin is co-founder of Green Valley Samaritans, a volunteer group whose mission and sole objective is to save the lives of migrants who are traveling in the Arizona border region. Through the humanitarian efforts of Wallin and her team, this non-political, non-religious organization provides water, food and first aid to migrants in Southern Arizona and continues to saved hundreds of lives.
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    • Ward Simpson, Phoenix, Sojourner Center – Using his expertise in architecture and construction, Simpson is on a mission to change the troubling statistics and to bring an end to the hurt and loss so many families face as a result of domestic violence. Among many accomplishments, in 23 years of service to the Sojourner Center, Simpson’s efforts have resulted in three campuses that house 242 women and children per night.