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Jefferson Award Winner Lorraine Cafe Says Volunteering Can Fill a Void and Help You Heal

Lorraine Cafe says up until just recently volunteering helped fill a void.  


Local Jefferson Awards winner speaks in Washington Video included

A La Crosse man recognized for his efforts at helping young people in the community is sharing his story on a national stage.


Jefferson Award Winner Disspelling Myths About Pageants and Mentoring Young Women Video included

While she might have a full closet of elegant gowns but Miranda Schmidt says competing in pageants is more than just fancy shoes and a beautiful crown.   "Once you can sit in front of a panel of five judges and they can ask you truly anything about anything they can ask you about your political opinions or your social interests or things about current events," said Miranda.


Local Jefferson Award winners honored at banquet Video included

A special evening honors our Jefferson Award winners from the past year.


Jefferson Award Recipient Gerald Bonsack says he's following his passion to teach Video included

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April's Jefferson Award winner is Gerald Bonsack, a Brice Prairie native who moved to La Crosse to work as an engineer. Gerald says that his passion though was always teaching and now in his retirement he's doing what he loves.


Jefferson Award Winner helps to change lives Video included

She thought she would become an elementary education teacher.  But a request from a school secretary changed that. One day, Tricia Gibbons was asked if she would substitute in a class of students with intellectual disabilities.  


'Grandma Sally' helps teach all ages Video included

A Westby woman is this month's Jefferson Award Winner. Recipients of this prestigious award are people who go above and beyond to improve the lives of others. The motto is ordinary people doing extraordinary things.


February Jefferson Award Winner: Sister Karen Neuser Video included

She's a driving force behind the effort to end homelessness in La Crosse.  For that effort, Sister Karen Neuser of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration is February's recipient of the Jefferson Award.  


Jefferson Award Winner says challenge yourself and be active Video included

Mary Hirsch-Justice has an unusual philosophy on winter. "As nasty and as cold as it is, it's good for us to be challenged by the cold," said Hirsch-Justice. Ironically, it's something she struggles with. "I hate being cold and yet I'm doing this but I get out here and I move.


December Jefferson Award: Sherry Kelly Video included

She is part of a family effort to provide help for people who need it.   Sherry Kelly is reluctant to talk about herself and her contribution to people near the community of Blair, Wisconsin.  But she's happy to talk about how Blair helped her and her family.


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