Prairie Village Community Spirit Awards honor 5 for contributions to city

Hy-Vee Community Spirit Award Prairie Village
Store manager Kevin Osterhage accepted the award on behalf of the Prairie Village Hy-Vee, which won a business spirit award.

Each year, Prairie Village’s VillageFest celebration kicks off with a ceremony that features the unveiling of winners of the annual Community Spirit Awards, which honor citizens and businesses for their contributions to the city.

This year’s award winners were…:

Mark Stiles

Mark Stiles

Mark Stiles has for years spearheaded efforts to plant and maintain the traffic islands in the Prairie Hills Homes Association area, including the lush displays along Cherokee Street.

“These are immaculate, gorgeous displays of flowers and foliage arranged with great artistry and tended with affectionate devotion,” said Prairie Village mayor Laura Wassmer.

Bob Reese

Reese earned a lifetime achievement honor for his 25 years of volunteer service on the WaterOne governing board.

“Bob is a champion of strong customer service and community relations programs and his background in technology has help steer the [water district] towards many improvements, upgrades and efficiencies,” said Wassmer.

Loring Leifer

Leifer was honored for her work reviving the Prairie Hills Homes Association. Over the years, she has served as president, treasurer, secretary and newsletter author.

“Likewise she has participated in numerous volunteer positions for the civic betterment of the city of Prairie Village over many years,” Wassmer said.

Carol Tucker

Called the “world’s best neighbor” by fellow 74th Street resident Morgan Wilcox, Tucker brightens the neighborhood with elaborate holiday lights displays and beautiful flower beds. What’s more, she’s always happy to lend a hand to neighbors in need, be it lending them a ladder or introducing new residents.

Prairie Village Hy-Vee

The Prairie Village Hy-Vee at the State Line Shopping Center earned a business spirit award for its many donations to the community, including providing free or discounted food for events at local schools like SM East, Kansas City Christian, Belinder, Corinth, Briarwood and St. Ann.