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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Local residents to be honored at Caritas Celebrates event

  • The former mayor of Lansing and a long-standing downtown Leavenworth pharmacy are among the 2013 recipients of awards from the parent organization of Leavenworth's St. Vincent Clinic.
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  • The former mayor of Lansing and a long-standing downtown Leavenworth pharmacy are among the 2013 recipients of awards from the parent organization of Leavenworth's St. Vincent Clinic.
    Caritas Clinics, Inc., which also oversees the Duchesne Clinic in Kansas City, Kan., will honor individuals, businesses and organizations in the respective communities that have contributed to the clinic's long term operations during its 14th annual Caritas Celebrates event April 20 at the Kansas City International Airport's Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo.
    Caritas Clinics' Exeuctive Director, Amy Falk, said the awards recognize those who give their time and money to help continue the clinics' missions.
    “It is our privilege to recognize these honorees for their contributions to the clinics, and to work alongside them day in and day out, on our common goal of ensuring that the poor and uninsured have access to quality health care,” Falk said. “We do it not because it is easy, but because it is the right thing to do. Each of these partners understand that just as much as we do.”
    Karole Bradford, development director for Caritas Clinics, said the recipients were chosen from among nominations submitted by members of the community and voted on by board members. The competition this year, she said, was tough.
    “We were astounded by the number that came in,” Bradford said.
    Former Lansing Mayor Ken Bernard and Leavenworth's Corner Pharmacy are the honorees for Community Servant of the Year and Business of the Year, respectively.
    The Corner Pharmacy's owner, Ron Booth, said his business had been involved with St. Vincent since before it opened. Still, he said he felt fortunate to be selected for one of the clinic's annual awards.
    “There are a lot of people involved in the St. Vincent Clinic, so to be selected out as business of the year is a surprise and an honor,” he said.
    Bradford said Bernard was chosen for his status as a valuable advocate, both in public and personal life, for the clinic.
    “Mayor Bernard has been a champion for the clinic since it opened,” Bradford said.
    Other award recipients include Sister Rosalie Mahoney Award recipient Kenneth Bergeron, Caritas Award winner St. Agnes Catholic Parish and Business of the Year honoree Abrams Pharmacy in Kansas City, Kan.
    For more information on the Caritas Celebrates event, visit www.caritasclinics.org or call 913-651-8860.
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