Inspiration and Dedication at the 21st Annual Waukesha County Executive Awards

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow made sure the individuals and organizations that make a positive impact in the community know that they are appreciated.

There was laughter and tears and real appreciation for the role models among us who have displayed a selfless dedication to others.

"We are here for the community," said Christine Beck of Healing Hearts of Waukesha County. "Because we truly believe when we help families, we help the community."

The group received recognition and a check from US Bank to continues its outreach to children and families dealing with loss or prolonged absence because of military deployment.

For 21 years, the County Executive's Office has hosted this luncheon, convinced you must say thank yo to the people who go above and beyond.

New this year, Farrow decided to created a Champion of the Year.

This year's honor goes to Oconomowoc dentist Pete Shield, who volunteers at a free clinic in his spare time. He has also given to local sports programs for young people, is a board member of the Pabst Farms YMCA and created Teresa's Foundation for prostate cancer.

"It's a great way to say Waukesha is doing well," Farrow tells CBS 58 News. "We've got people who are engaged and enthused and want to make a difference."

The Addiction Resource Council also honored Wednesday at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha.

Business of the year is First Business Bank of Brookfield for its focus on the well being of its employees and giving back to the community. 

"We want people to realize that when they come here to work and to live, they've got a great community," added Farrow. "It's safe, great schools, incredible businesses. And we've got a network and infrastructure to help people when they need a little help."

CBS 58's Michele McCormack was honored to help Farrow with duties as emcee for the luncheon and presentation.


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