10th Annual North Star Awards

Congratulations to the amazing Northsiders we celebrated at our North Star Awards event on November 2, 2012!

The High Impact Award went to the remarkable Reverend Carmen Porco for his lifelong contribution to building community and creating educational opportunities within low-income housing on the Northside and beyond.

A shout-out to our North Star Awardees! We recognized the following organizations and people for making some great differences in our community:

  • Boomerang’s Retail Store, providing goods and also giving back to the community via volunteer work and donations.
  • Boy Scout Troop 23 and Scout Leader Wendy Murkve, providers of opportunities to engage in significant service projects, leading many to becoming Eagle Scouts.
  • Statue of Liberty Committee, restorers of the long-awaited statue of liberty in Warner Park.
  • Janet Battista, founding member of      the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and volunteer helping several Northside      parks and green spaces.
  • Polly Hartman, volunteer for the      North/Eastside Senior Coalition spending countless hours with individual      seniors.
  • Pastor Gerry Kuhnke, philanthropic      volunteer work via the Northside Business Association. Plus he cancelled      services for Ride the Drive and opened church grounds to the entire      community.
  • Kazoua Moua, UW Extension Nutritian      Educator, bi-cultural and bilingual, involved at Kennedy Heights and      beyond.
  • Kathy Oriel, MD, Doctor at      North/East Family Medical Center who has offered expertise on transgender      medical issues.
  • Rebecca Starke, founder of Gardening      for Good, assisting people with disabilities to thrive at Troy Gardens.
  • Principal Sean Storch and Social      Worker Sherie Hohs, Blackhawk Middle School, who go above and beyond in      their work in extracurricular programs that impact minority students.