Special to The Explorer

Interfaith Community Services recognized Pima County Supervisor Ann Day, two Pima County government departments, five volunteers and other supporters during its 25th anniversary volunteer awards last Sunday.

Nearly 300 volunteers and guests attended the event at Casas Adobes Congregational United Church of Christ, 6801 N. Oracle Road.

Jean Redpath, internationally known Scottish balladeer, recording artist and guest on "A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor," performed for those gathered.

ICS's Founder's Award, in honor of founder Rev. Barbara Anderson, went to:

• Barbara Wisner, an 18-year volunteer who helps train and schedule volunteers in ICS's Telecare (daily welfare calls) program, updates recipient records and prepares an annual luncheon and party for recipients and callers;

• Ram and Mrudulla Gnanadesikan, who started volunteering at ICS 11 years ago and have been Mobile Meals winter drivers for many years. "They have always been faithful and dependable in making sure our recipients get their meals," a release said;

• Mary Ann and Tom Hackett, five-year volunteers who have generated financial and food donations to ICS by advocating for the organization in their neighborhood association and church congregation. The Hacketts gather a group together during the holidays every year and spearhead adopting three to four families as part of the ICS Gifts of Love program.

The Director's Award, in honor of ICS's first director, June Head, went to Kristin Almquist and Ann Lovell, who have organized gatherings of their friends and associates to raise awareness about and generate support for ICS.

The ICS Champion Award went to:

• St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, one of ICS's six founding congregations in 1985 that has continued to provide substantial financial and volunteer support;

• Ann Day, Pima County supervisor for District 1;

• Pima County Community Development & Neighborhood Conservation Department;

• Pima County Department of Community Services, Employment and Training.

"Supervisor Day has been a longtime advocate for ICS in county government and the community at large," said ICS Executive Director Bonnie Kampa. "We are so grateful for her interest and support.

"The two Pima County departments have been crucial to ICS in their handling of government grant programs and, in the case of the Community Action Agency and Emergency Service Network, as partners and resources helping us help those in need in our community," Kampa added.

ICS is a volunteer-based nonprofit that provides food and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need and assists seniors and disabled people with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, and health and safety needs. For more information, call 297-6049.

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