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November 6, 2013

2013 Heart of Gold LaGrange County Community Foundation honors selflessness

LAGRANGE — The LaGrange County Community Foundation board of directors has selected Randy Packer as the 2013 LCCF Heart of Gold recipient.

More than 60 people attended the award ceremony Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in LaGrange. The recipient was selected by the board from a pool of 12 local residents nominated by friends and neighbors familiar with their selfless volunteer efforts.

The fourth annual brunch was catered by the St. Joseph’s Ladies Sodality. The LIFE Youth Philanthropy Pod helped in serving the event’s guests, announced the Heart of Gold nominees and presented each with a commemorative pin.

Packer was awarded an inscribed Heart of Gold Bench and an opportunity to select a LaGrange County not-for-profit of his or her choice for a $1,000 grant from the community foundation. Each nominee was similarly awarded an opportunity to select a LaGrange County not-for-profit for a $100 grant from the community foundation. In addition, Packer’s name has been inscribed on the Heart of Gold Wall of Fame plaque that is displayed at the community foundation office.

Packer was nominated by Cheri Perkins, executive director of the LaGrange County Council on Aging.

Packer presently serves as president of the LaGrange County Council on Aging board of directors and on the board for United Fund of LaGrange County. Along with those responsibilities, he volunteers for many other community committees and on behalf of numerous community service efforts.

Perkins wrote that “in everything he does for others on his own time … and that list is extensive, he is known for taking that extra step of service, making that additional commitment to others regardless of the hour of that day or limited resources. If there is a way to help others, Randy will find a way.”

For more information about the work of the LaGrange County Community Foundation, contact Laura Lemings, executive director, at 260-463-4363 or visit www.lccf.net.

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