Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Honoring Six Important Community Voices

It was a full house this week for the 2016 KSER Voice of the Community Award celebration at Tulalip Resort Casino.

Karen Crowley of Edmonds Center for the Arts was our MC
KSER was honored to salute six individuals and organizations, nominated by our listeners and members for their work in our communities.

Snohomish County Train Watch is a volunteer organization formed by Dean Smith to work around the clock counting and monitoring oil trains moving through the area after Smith learned that there were no statistics available to the public on such train traffic.

Curtis Rookaird was recognized for his efforts as a former BNSF railway conductor and whistle blower calling for increased safety precautions for trains hauling hazardous cargo.
Red Curtain Foundation operates the Red Curtain Theater in Marysville and has been a champion of arts and education.

Frank Fargo realized one of the things that homeless individuals needed most was to simply have a warm shower. So he created his own mobile shower which he takes to local churches, providing nearly 10,000 showers since he began his work.

Bill Corson worked to create Edge Effect, a non-profit which works with 'at risk' young people and focuses on assistance, prevention and intervention programs.

John Olson was saluted for his work as director of the Everett Community College Foundation, bringing together donors and students with assistance and scholarship programs for those seeking a better education.

Senator John McCoy presents the award to Curtis Rookaird

Frank Fargo (left); John Olson
Debbie Copple (left) of Sky Valley Arts Council presents award to Beckye Randall of Red Curtain
Bill Corson of Edge Effect
Dean Smith, Snohomish County Train Watch
Curtis & Kelly Rookaird with their sons Roman & Reese
Every year, KSER is proud to honor those who do great work in our communities. If you'd like to help us salute a deserving individual or organization, let us know.  Nominations for the 2017 Voice of the Community Awards are just a few months away.