Jefferson Award Winner: Lee Anna Rasar

Local nursing home residents, minors in detention and inmates get music therapy and anger management classes partially led by one woman. Every day but Saturday, Lee Anna Rasar is volunteering.

Jefferson Award Winner: Steve Olson

After years of as an officer at the Eau Claire Police Department, July’s Jefferson Awards winner had the goal to stay active in retirement. That passion for fitness has become contagious, spreading throughout the L.E. Phillips Senior Center.

Jefferson Award Winner: Joe Luginbill

Many times, News 18’s Jefferson Awards winner is an unheralded volunteer, making the community better from the background. But June’s recipient is a face familiar to many in the Eau Claire community.

Jefferson Award Winner: Pat Hannack

Pat Hannack might work under the title of ‘pharmacy technician’, but those who know Pat says that does not begin to describe all the work she does at the Open Door Free Clinic in Chippewa Falls.

Jefferson Award Winner: Abigail Beguhn

We’ve all heard that age is just a number, but 91-year-old Abigail Beguhn says the real key to a long life is making life better for those around you.

Jefferson Award Winner: Pat Rumpel

It’s said, that after awhile, you mirror the traits of those you spend the most time with. Well, when you see Pat Rumpel, Kelsey the golden retriever usually isn’t far behind. 

Jefferson Award Winner: Cheryl O’Connell

When the last bell rings, signaling the end of the day at Eau Claire’s Longfellow Elementary, the work begins for Cheryl O’Connell. But she wouldn’t call it that. ..

Jefferson Award Winner: Ardie Kelly

Over 20 years ago Ardie decided she wanted to volunteer at The Community Table so she began washing dishes on her lunch break. You can still find her there today! 

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