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Local family earns top state honor for volunteerism

By Becky Barclay
Published in News on November 5, 2009 1:46 PM

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Faye Stone, deputy executive director with the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service with the governor's office, pins the Medallion Award on Grace Parrish.

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Plaques and the Medallion Award were presented at the volunteer awards ceremony Tuesday. Pictured from left: Sen. Don Davis, Faye Stone, the deputy executive director of the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, Capt. Jim Fleming, standing in for Capt. Jonathan Hutto, Martha Bryan, Roberto Mendoza, William Johnson, Master Sgt. Dean Parrish, Grace Parrish and Lauren Parrish and Master Sgt. Kathleen Parrish and Mayor Al King.

The Parrish family's experience with the Special Olympics started off as a one-time offer to volunteer. Now, four years later, the Parrishes say their work with the athletes has been not only rewarding, but a lesson for their own lives...

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