Nomination open for award


The Ken Wagner Award for Outstanding Service, established in 2011, is given annually to someone who has shown by their actions that they serve the way Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh co-founder Ken Wagner served--with great humility and dedication to helping others.

The 2013 award was given to Sister Mary Jean Petrarca, who taught high school math and science for 23 years, served as an occupational therapist for 23 years at the Pioneer School for Exceptional Children, and has been serving individuals with disabilities at the Emmaus Community since 1989, with experience as a volunteer, an employee, and a Board member.

Nominations for the 2014 award are open to anyone and are due on March 14. The primary criterion is the nominee must exemplify a life of service to others. The award will be presented on May 3 at the Annual Emmaus Kentucky Derby Gala at the Pittsburgh Fairmont.

The winner will receive six tickets to the Emmaus Kentucky Derby Gala, a “serving hands” award and a cash prize to be donated to the charity of the winner’s choosing.

For more information about the criteria, or to download a nomination form, visit


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