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As the season of giving approaches, La Roche College has taken a moment to recognize some outstanding men and women in the Greater Pittsburgh area who give so selflessly to others. On Tuesday, November 20, the College hosted its annual “Thanksgiving Tuesday” awards in the College Center Square. “Thanksgiving Tuesday is an opportunity for us to stop and be grateful for the people who make a difference in the lives of others, and therefore in the lives of all of us,” said Monsignor William Kerr, La Roche College president.

This year, Kerr presented the “Thanksgiving Tuesday” awards to the following honorees: Dr. Robert and Karen Ford of World Health Mission, a medical organization that provides volunteer medical services to Nigeria; Saleem Ghubril of The Pittsburgh Project, a neighborhood-based Christian community development ministry that seeks to rejuvenate communities; Brian S. Hazlett, a Seton-La Salle High School student who received a 2001 Community Champion Award for his dedicated volunteer service to the homeless and to children; and Kenneth and Lorraine Wagner of The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh, an organization that finds permanent homes for persons with metal retardation or developmental disabilities. “These honorees are, by their actions, extraordinary. But, they are ordinary people who work in our community, who do their jobs on a daily basis, and at the same time give the community something that is very enriching,” said Kerr.

Monsignor Kerr established the “Thanksgiving Tuesday” awards in 1993. The goal is to recognize people who promote selfless giving and devotion to various causes.

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