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The La Roche community paused to recognize the contributions of three outstanding people at this year’s Thanksgiving Tuesday Awards Ceremony, held in the Zappala College Center on November 25. The annual event honors individuals in the region who promote selfless giving and devotion to others through various causes.

“So often at this time of the year, we stop to inventory the things for which we should be grateful,” said Monsignor William Kerr, La Roche College president. “We should also look around us to recognize the people that really care.”

This year’s honorees were: Richard Spear, noted local supporter and fundraiser for the Cali Orphanage for Girls in Colombia, South America; Sister Donna Marie Tahaney, CSJ, executive director of Girls Hope; and Dorothy W. Walk, co-founder of Crisis Center North for victims of domestic violence. All three received plaques from the College honoring them for their efforts. In each case, this year’s recipients called on those assembled to take action and somehow make a difference in the lives of others.

“If every single person did one thing to change one life, we would live in a very different world,” said Sister Tahaney.

Monsignor Kerr established the Thanksgiving Tuesday Awards ten years ago. To date, the College has recognized 35 people with a Thanksgiving Tuesday Award. <

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