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26th annual celebration honors community servants and agencies

By Miriam Hodgman

260412_191879450864418_3185699_nThe Human Services Network’s 26th annual celebration of excellence in the support of local human services takes place on Thursday, January 15, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Capri Ballroom at the Peppermill Resort Hotel Casino.

This event shines a light on important community work that often takes place with little recognition. The Human Services Network is thrilled to announce this year’s outstanding award recipients.

Politician of the Year is former City of Reno Mayor Bob Cashell. Board Member of the Year is Xiomara Rodriguez, of the Northern Nevada Literacy Council. Staff Member of the Year is Pam Becker, of The Children’s Cabinet. From the Northern Nevada RAVE Family Foundation, Administrator of the Year is Korine Viehwig. Human Service Network’s Agency of the Year is Northern Nevada HOPES. The Network’s Special Recognition Award goes to the Victim Services Units. The Mike O’Callaghan Humanitarian awardee is  community champion Paul M. Laxalt, who recently passed away in August.

Former City of Reno Mayor Bob Cashell is honored for his admirable leadership on behalf of providing services to the homeless and/or have addictions, and his support of gay marriage.

Longtime community activist Xiomara Rodriguez for her impressive work both on and off the board of the Northern Nevada Literacy Council, a nonprofit school in Reno that educates adult learners to help them obtain their Certificate of High School Equivalency (formerly known as the GED) and provides English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes for foreign-born adults

The Children’s Cabinet’s Pam Becker is a longtime employee celebrating her 25th year of service to the agency.

Northern Nevadan leader Korine Viehweg, executive director of the Northern Nevada RAVE Family Foundation, has steered her organization through difficult waters and helped it emerge stronger to ensure that the respite needs of families caring for vulnerable loved ones at home are met.

Northern Nevada HOPES, is a nonprofit community health center in downtown Reno that offers integrated medical care and support services. It has a special passion for serving medically underserved populations such as the LGBTQI community, drug users, sex workers, the homeless and those living in poverty.

The various Victim Services Advocates that work for area law enforcement agencies include the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, Reno and Sparks Police Departments, and the Reno City, Sparks City and Washoe District Attorneys’ offices.

And, finally, Paul M. Laxalt, a lifelong and well-known champion of the community who recently passed in August, is celebrated for his work on behalf of so many worthy community organizations.

This year’s event is supported by NV Energy, Renown, Charles Schwab Bank, and University of Phoenix.

Tickets cost $40 for members of the Human Services Network and $50 for non-members. A table of 8 costs $280 for members of the Human Services Network and $360 for non members. To RSVP and to pay, go to www.humanservicesnetwork.org or call 847-9311, x102 by Friday, January 9.

For additional information contact Erik Schoen at 775-847-9311, ext. 102, or at [email protected]

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