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Annual Meeting & Awards

Our Annual Meeting is a time to gather with supporters, review the past year, and look ahead to the coming year. We welcome new staff, say goodbye to those who have left, and affirm and officially welcome new members to our steering committee. The meeting is also a time to honor volunteers and community partners who have demonstrated their commitment to our mission: to change attitudes, save lives, and end abuse.

The Michele Alexander Award for Volunteer Service…

…is given each year in memory of Michele Alexander, who was a member of Spruce Run’s Steering Committee prior to her tragic death in an auto accident in December 2003.  In her memory we established the Michele Alexander Award to remember and honor Michele’s many contributions to our organization. She not only worked long and hard in the service of Spruce Run and our mission, but she did so with a generous, grounded compassion for those who have been affected by abuse, and with a sense of joy, creativity and humor that made all the hard organizational work feel like a party.

Nancy Rampe is our 2012 Michele Alexander Award recipient for her tireless work on our Steering Committee and for helping with the annual gala fundraiser.

The Partners in Change Award…

…was created in 2006 and is given to an outstanding community partner. Every person’s safety exists in the cultural context that we all create every day in our personal, professional, and civic lives with our words, actions, and choices regarding what we tolerate, what we challenge, and to whom we reach out. Each year Spruce Run honors a community partner whose actions reflect these ideals.

Robin Whitney is our 2012 Partners in Change Award recipient. Within her work at Child Protective Services, Robin has focused her endless energy and incredible knowledge on improving institutional responses to domestic abuse.

Read about Past Spruce Run Award Recipients.