Each year, twelve people who make a difference in the La Crosse community through their volunteer work win a Jefferson Award. The award is often referred to as the Nobel Prize for community service.
In April each year, WXOW and Altra Federal Credit Union sponsor a banquet for the winners. During that event, one person is chosen to represent the La Crosse area at the National Jefferson Ceremony in Washington, D.C. This year, that person is Pat Stephens.
During the ceremony, each winner delivers a brief speech outlining one reason they've received the Jefferson Award. Pat Stephens told a story, highlighting the value of Rotary Lights. One of the reasons Pat was chosen this year was for his leadership in that project.
Watch the speech above in its entirety.