Topeka Man Will Receive Honorable Award From White House

By: Ariana Cohen Email
By: Ariana Cohen Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-A Topeka man's organization's good deeds are getting recognized by the White House.

Brian "Jude" Quinn, who goes by "Jude" co-founded the Silverbacks charitable organization and is being honored at the White House Monday.

Every Sunday, Jude loads his van with lunches for those in need. When Jude moved to Topeka 5 years ago, a moment impacted his life so much that he knew he wanted to help the community. That pivotal moment happened when a homeless man denied food and water and instead said that all he wanted was a handshake.

"And that taught me a lot about Kansans. And since that point I shake everybody's hand," said Jude.

He gives a pep talk to the volunteers. Then, they bring food and water to homeless people, one of them is Hermon Staten who stays under a highway bridge.

"Well, I'm happy that they do that. It's good that they bring me the food like that," said Staten.

Word of Jude's kind work has extended beyond the Capitol City and reached Washington D.C. On Monday, he will be receiving the Daily Point of Light award from President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Former President George H.W. Bush. When he first heard the news, he was in disbelief.

"I thought it was a hoax. I thought it was a joke" Jude says.

Jude says receiving awards isn't the reason he helps those in need.

"It makes me feel alive, it keeps my blood flowing," said Jude.

Volunteers continue to pass out food and water at Topeka Rescue Mission and Jude never forgets to shake everyone's hand. He looks forward to stepping inside the White House.

"With all its history and everything that has happened in that building and decisions that were made that is going to be a huge impact on me," said Jude.

You can watch the event live Monday at at 12:30 CT Monday, July 15, 2013.

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