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Mayor Keller honors Albuquerque volunteers

About 400 people attended the 2019 Mayor's Day of Volunteer Recognition for Nation Day of Service ceremony at the Convention Center last week. (Courtesy of city of Albuquerque)

About 400 people attended the 2019 Mayor’s Day of Volunteer Recognition for Nation Day of Service ceremony at the Convention Center last week. (Courtesy of city of Albuquerque)

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and first lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller rolled out the red carpet last week to put the spotlight on those who support the city and its initiatives without pay.

bright spotA bevy of awards was handed out to individuals, groups and organizations for outstanding work to serve the city during the 2019 Mayor’s Day of Volunteer Recognition for Nation Day of Service ceremony at the Convention Center last week, according to a news release.

“We are very grateful for the work that so many people continue to pour into our city,” Keller said in a statement.

“The tradition of service runs deep in our community and we cannot thank you enough for what you do,” he said. “It is your spirit that moves the One Albuquerque idea forward: Only by coming together as one community can we lift Albuquerque up and make it safe, inclusive and innovative.”

More than 400 people attended the event, including the One Albuquerque Volunteer Advisory Board, local AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, and members of the public.

Those honored included:

• Volunteer of the Year: Steve Vaughan

• Unsung Hero Award: Shelley Repp

• Rising Star Award: Nara Olivas

• Youth Volunteer of the Year: Nick Padilla

• Lifetime Achievement Award: Theresa Priest

• Senior Volunteer of the Year: Sharon Craig

• Volunteer Group of the Year: Albuquerque Sunport Ambassador Program (ASAP)

• Corporate Volunteer of the Year: Honeywell

• Outstanding AmeriCorps Member: Erick Hernandez

• Award in Honor of Jennifer Riordan: Michael J. Garcia

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