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Local Jefferson Award winner receives national award

La Crosse, WI  (WXOW) ---- "The Jefferson Awards" honor volunteers who often receive little recognition for their contributions.  Each month we choose a winner.  In the month of February we chose John Young who was then selected to go to Washington D.C to represent our area in a national competition. On Tuesday, much to his surprise John received national recognition. 

He's opened many doors in soldier's grove, literally and figuratively and says the key to his success is his upbringing. You can say hard work is in John young's blood.  I think that's the story of my life.   I just liked to work.  And work he did for some 55 years....organizing a volunteer fire and ambulance service, establishing low income and senior housing and opening a health clinic but where John has made the most difference is with Coulee Cap, a non-profit that helps impoverished families in four counties.

That's the reason John Young closed up shop and headed out to Washington, D.C. to be a part of the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony.  Then...without any warning, John was called to the podium to receive national recognition.

Clearly moved by the experience, John wipes a tear as he exits the stage and falls into the arms of the people who offer him support, much like the support he provided others all these years. @@

John received "The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Service Benefiting Local Communities."

To nominate someone for the Jefferson Award go to our website wxow.com and click on the Jefferson Award tab.

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