The City of Prairie Village on Friday unveiled the winners of its 2014 Community Spirit Awards, recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that contribute to the overall quality of life in the city.
The winners and the introductions City Councilor Courtney McFadden read as they were announced follow:
Resident Award: Paul Temme
Paul has lived in Prairie Village since 1996. He attends most community events and can be seen walking his dog around the neighborhood. He recently witnessed an event that led him to help co-found the Northeast Kansas Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Business Award: Bruce Smith Drugs
The judging panel noted that this business has given back to the community since their opening in 1955. This business has taken customer service to the extreme. They are kind, courteous, and if you are unable to come in to get what you need they deliver. They participate in “Village People” every year, giving 6th grade students an opportunity to find out what working in a retail business is like. They are generous donors to silent auctions in the community.
Organization Award: Boy Scout Troop 381
This group was founded in 1963. Since then they have helped countless young men grow into becoming mature civic-minded young adults, prepared and willing to continue the tradition giving back to the community. Most recently they have participated in VillageFest, giving up a holiday morning to “Present the Colors” at our Community Service.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Donna Potts of the Village and Corinth Merchants Associations
This recipient is a longtime Prairie Village resident. Everyone here has probably attended one of the events this person is responsible for putting on. Although it is her job to coordinate these events she goes above and beyond to put together the Prairie Village Art Fair, The KU Kickoff and the Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting.