Four Women Receive Congressional Awards for Event to Help Homeless in Shakopee

Amanda Ladyha, Patricia Pettit, Allison Streich and Heidi Keyho were recognized for Project Community Connect.

Four women who put in countless volunteer hours to make Shakopee's Project Community Connect event for the homeless happen were honored Feb. 23 with "Star of the North" Congressional Awards.

Amanda Ladyha, Patricia Pettit, Allison Streich and Heidi Keyho were among a group recognized by U.S. Congressman John Kline for their volunteer efforts.

Approximately 400 individuals who struggle to meet their basic needs attended Project Community Connect and received an assortment of services such as haircuts, legal, vouchers for ID/Birth certificates, job applications, medical care, housing information, pet food and lunches.

"We are blessed in Minnesota to be surrounded by so many selfless individuals who are willing to step up to address the needs they see in our communities and beyond," U.S. Congressman John Kline said. 

The award ceremony was Feb. 23 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center.

"It was a real feel good event," said Keyho. "The biggest thing I took away was that any act of kindness, no matter how small or large, can be invaluable to your fellow man (woman/child, etc.!)."

will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at 300 E. Fourth St. in Chaska. The public is welcome to attend and guest speakers are Barb Wold and Juanita Cathey, executive director of Family Promise of Anoka.


Ryan March 03, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Heidi, Patricia! You do so much for others everyday. You have such a big open heart that is never afraid to brighten any persons day - no matter the person. You share true and genuine kindness to others. I hope your positive spirit and hope keep on spreading.--


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