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Green Plate Awards bestowed during food bank event

| Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, 9:20 p.m.
(from left), Westmoreland County Food Bank CEO, Marlene Kozak, and Feeding America Chief Supply Chain Officer, Bill Thomas, join Green Plate award recipients, Tom Paterline, of West Newton, and Michelle Sechrist, of Mt. Pleasant, during the annual Westmoreland County Food Bank Hunger Action Month Partnership Luncheon and Green Plate Awards, held at Giannilli's II in Greensburg on Monday afternoon, September 17, 2012. Kim Stepinsky | For The Tribune-Review

September is Hunger Action Month across the United States. Locally, that means it is time for the annual Westmoreland County Food Bank Partnership Luncheon and Green Plate Awards.

This year's luncheon was extra special in that it marked the 30th anniversary of the event, but also because it celebrated the tenure of outgoing food bank CEO Marlene Kozak, soon to be retiring after 12 years of service.

Awards presented during the Sept. 17 repast at Giannilli's II in Unity included:

Special Recognition Award to Tom Paterline of West Newton, retired principal of Yough Intermediate Middle School, for spearheading work on the Turkey Cup Challenge, which provides Thanksgiving turkeys through fundraising at area schools.

Outstanding Agency Award to Mt. Pleasant Food Pantry, represented by coordinator Michelle Sechrist.

Outstanding Donor Award to Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation of Pittsburgh.

Fifth Annual Partner Award to Maxine Pellis of Greensburg, who volunteers with a number of area hunger-fighting initiatives.

Flying in from Chicago to speak was Bill Thomas, chief supply officer of Feeding America. The Westmoreland food bank is an affiliate of Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-fighting organization.

Among those present from the food bank were Glenn Cavanaugh, Jennifer Miller, Texie Waddell, Kelly Campbell and Kevin Povich.

Also seen were state Sen. Kim Ward, Westmoreland County Commissioners Chuck Anderson and Ted Kopas, Anne Emmerling, Cathy Reeves, Ron and JoAnn Eberhardt, Cheri Cavanaugh, Tom Andrews, Bob Teeter, Patty Blake, Sherry Stahl, Lisa Troupe, Anthony Demaro, Lonna Paterline, Brian Grindle, Al Bergman, Gail Macioce, Tony Trozzi, Charlene Perilla, David Urban, Tom Radic, Sister Lyn Marie Dwyer, Larry and Rosalie Kupec, Patrick Davis and Tom Walczak.

— Shirley McMarlin

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