Community Volunteer Award
The Community Volunteer Award is awarded annually to outstanding volunteers in our community. Any new, active, or sustaining member of the Junior League of Topeka may submit a candidate.
Award Winners are given the opportunity to designate a donation to their charity of choice from of the Junior League of Topeka in their name. These individuals have given selflessly of their time, hard work, and acts of kindness to our community and deserve to be recognized.
In 2020-2021, we are proud to honor WIBW’s Melissa Brunner for her unwavering dedication and support to the Topeka Community so many of our area non-profits. The work she does with organizations such as Cappers, Midland Care, the YWCA, and the Diaper Depot aligns directly with the work that we are doing to address the negative influences of Child Welfare as impacted by violence and community instability.
Nominations for the 2021-2022 Community Volunteer Award will be accepted at a later date.
|2019-2020||Patti Mellard||1985||Ann Garvin|
|2018-2019||Glendon & Sara Wilhelm||1985||Balfour Jeffrey|
|2017-2018||Marlou Wegener||1984||Dr. Quentin Groves|
|2016||Ken Scott||1984||Jane Morrissey|
|2015||Sue Edwards||1984||Mary Patterson|
|2014||Jude Quinn||1984||Phil Wallsmith|
|2013||Debra Clayton||1983||Adrian Apel|
|2012||Betty Lou Pardue||1983||Shirley Boatwright|
|2011||Charles Moore||1983||William Haag|
|2010||Nicole Janke||1982||Cora Catt|
|2009||Dr. Jerry Farley||1982||Gerald Christensen|
|2009||Bill Moore||1982||Adabelle Haughawout|
|2008||William (Bill) Sneed||1981||Ed Love|
|2007||Randy Austin||1981||Ed Podmore|
|2006||Debra Clayton||1981||Doris West|
|2005||Jeanne Clark||1980||Beth & Irwing Sheffel|
|2004||Dr. Larry J. Bradford||1979||Ray Browning|
|2003||Melissa Masoner||1979||Winnie Crapson|
|2003||Lorean Williams||1979||Virginia Lundy|
|2002||Tom Schwartz||1979||Richard Thornburg|
|1999||Jamesina Evans||1978||Bill Drenner|
|1998||G. Joseph Pierron||1977||Thomas Clevenger|
|1997||Maureen Weiss||1977||O’Thene Leonard|
|1996||Mary Ann Hamilton||1976||Ruth Buckwalter|
|1995||LeeAnn Eckert||1976||Lou Falley|
|1995||Phyllis Todd||1975||Grant Cushinberry|
|1994||Billie Hall||1975||Bonnie Purnell|
|1993||Rita Wolf||1974||Joan Duncan|
|1992||Joseph Thompson||1974||Virginia Feeley|
|1991||Gary Livingston||1974||Dr. Kenneth Godfrey|
|1990||John Stauffer||1974||Dr. Karl Menninger|
|1989||Marg Roberts||1973||Peggy Greene|
|1988||Mary Alice Beach||1973||Twink Lynch|
|1988||Bob Petro||1973||Catharine Menninger|
|1987||Eldon Danenhauer||1973||Patricia Morris|
|1987||Helen Hocker||1973||Marge Parker|
|1987||Jane Patrick||1973||Jackie Stroud|
2020 Community Volunteer Award Winner, Melissa Brunner, designated her gifts to the Helping Hands Humane Society, The Topeka Rescue Mission and Community Action, Inc. for the Diaper Depot.
2019 Community Volunteer Award Winner, Patti Mellard, designated her gifts to STARS and the YWCA’s Center for Safety & Empowerment for their efforts to end human trafficking.
2018 Community Volunteer Award Winners, Glendon & Sara Wilhelm, designated their gift to Party with a Purpose.
2017 Community Volunteer Award winner, Marlou Wegener, designated her gift to the Topeka Civic Theatre.
2016 Community Volunteer Award winner, Kenneth R. Scott, designated the Boys and Girls Club of Topeka as the recipients of his winning donation.
2015 Community Volunteer Award winner, Sue Edwards, designated CASA of Shawnee County, a past Junior League of Topeka project, to receive her winning donation.
Our 2014 Community Volunteer Award winner, Jude Quinn, designated the organization he co-founded, Silverbacks, to receive his winning donation.
In 2013, Community Volunteer Award winner Debra Clayton designated the Doorstep to receive her winning donation.
In 2012, Community Volunteer Award winner Betty Lou Pardue designated the Helping Hands Humane Society to receive her winning donation.
In 2011, Community Volunteer Award winner Charles Moore designated the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center to receive his winning donation.