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Emmaus seeking nominations for annual Ken Wagner Award


The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh is seeking nominations of individuals who have followed in the footsteps of the Emmaus co-founder, Ken Wagner, by living a life of service and compassion.

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 Ken Wagner served--with humility and dedication to helping others.

Nominations for the 2016 award are open to anyone and are due on March 1. The primary criterion is that the nominee must exemplify a life of service to others. Particular dedication to disability- related causes is appreciated, but not required.

The award will be presented on May 7 at the Annual Emmaus Kentucky Derby Gala at the Pittsburgh DoubleTree. The winner will receive six tickets to the Emmaus Kentucky Derby Gala, a “serving hands” sculpture 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

The late Ken Wagner, along with his wife Lorraine Wagner, founded the Emmaus Community in 1989, and they lived in the first Emmaus home, established on South Side, for more than ten years, running the organization while providing care for four women with intellectual disabilities who had lost their family caregivers due to aging or death.

Emmaus now operates nine supported homes for people with disabilities, two of which remain in the South Side today. Recent Ken Wagner Award winners have included Sister Mary Jean Petrarca, Commander Scott Schubert, and Joe and Nancy Murray.


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