DENVER - On Friday, June 7, our nine winners of the 9Who Care award gathered for our annual award dinner and recognition event at 9NEWS.
Our first winner saw a need and started parents of children with special needs eleven years ago to help families going through challenges with special needs kids. Congratulations to our September winner Ms. Dianne Stille from Eaton, Colorado.
In 2000, the jungle mobile hit the road with Bob Johnston behind the wheel. It provides injury prevention education to children mainly in rural communities through children's hospital. In 2011 alone, Bob has met more than 700 children throughout the state. Congratulations to our October winner Bob Johnston.
Our November winner is only 18 years old with big ambitions to prove that one person can make a change, even if that change is half a world away. Congratulations to Paige Jones.
Marjorie Stebbins treats volunteering as a full time job. She goes in at 8am, leaves at 3 or 4pm Monday through Friday and even has an office of her own at Hunters Glenn elementary. Grandma Marge as she is known, not only helps the students but the teachers as well. Congratulations to our December honoree, Ms Marjorie Stebbins.
Our next winner told us that he's never met a stranger. Leroy Holm from Greeley Colorado loves being around people and is a "cool dude" according to one of the students he's met through junior achievement. Congratulations to our January honoree Leroy Holm.
Our next winner must stay in shape in order to volunteer; in the winter he skies and in the summer he bikes both with the children's hospital Colorado sports program. His impact on kids is great for their self esteem and their belief in themselves. Congratulations to February's winner Bob Walter.
Who doesn't love kids and animals? Our March honoree, Leisa Carson takes it to the next level as a veterinarian and as club leader for the 4-h 'bits n pieces' club in Fort Collins. Congratulations to Leisa Carson.
Have you ever known a teacher who opened your eyes to a world you hadn't considered before? One volunteer at Stein elementary school in Lakewood is doing just that with science. Congratulations to Allan Skorpen our winner for April.
Here in Colorado, we love our dogs. Sometimes dogs end up in shelters, which can be an animal's last stop if they aren't placed in a good home. Our May honoree made it her mission to give dogs a fighting chance. Congratulations to Brittany Todd.
Each winner received a special glass vase award in addition to the news exposure they received for the month they were chosen. We also gave a $900 donation to the charity of our winner's choice from the Gannett Foundation.
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