Local Residents, Businesses Honored For Making Community A Better Place

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Shawnee County residents, businesses and organizations who help make the community a better place were recognized Thursday night.

The Topeka Center for Peace and Justice hosted their first "Peace Builder" award banquet at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center.

Five different awards were handed out:

1. Ken Cott received the Individual/Family/Youth award.
2. Shawnee County League of Women Voters received the Organization award.
3. KHI News Service received the Media/Journalists award.
4. VIDA Ministries received the Faith Communities award.
5. Chris Hamilton received the Education award.

Officials with the center say this is a great way to recognize those doing good in the community.

"We just needed to recognize some of the people in Shawnee County that do great things all the time, said Jim McCollough, Executive Director of the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice. "Day in, day out, month in, month out, to make our community a better place to bring about peace, bring about justice."

About 160 people attended Thursday's event. One recipient even traveled from Mexico to receive his award!

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