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Patriotic quilters, pageant leader, 'music man' earn Perham Leadership, Hall of Fame honors for 2009

Patriotic quilters, a highly regarded music man and a tireless volunteer will be honored April 2 at the annual Perham Hall of Fame and Leadership Award banquet.

Selected for the honors this year:

----For the Leadership Award, avid quilters Echo Dockter and Jenny Caughey will be honored for the "Quilts of Valor" program--which provides handcrafted quilts to wounded servicemen and women.

----Piano and organ player, choir director, community theater music leader and all-around music man Russ Bunker will earn a spot in the Perham Hall of Fame.

----Gina Cavanagh, who has been a leader of the Miss Perham pageant for many years, was also named to the Hall of Fame. Cavanagh's volunteer activity is too varied to list entirely--but she has volunteered with the 4-H, the Women of Focus, the Christmas art-craft fair and St. Henry's Church--among other activities.

Nominations were reviewed by the Hall of Fame committee, and were announced last week.

The Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have done an especially good job in leading the community on a project or an important issue. Frequently, their involvement is one-on-one, helping folks on a daily basis. They also tend to be involved in organizations that help people or help their community, and they are highly generous with their time and talents.

The Hall of Fame Award is given to someone who deserves to be recognized for his or her work for the community. This person would be considered an integral part of the community and highly involved in making Perham a better community. These nominees might have been in business or a service sector in the community, working or retired, male or female, living or deceased, or even former residents. This award goes to an individual who has been highly involved in the community over many years.

Details on the Hall of Fame banquet, slated for April 2, are being finalized.

For more information, call the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce at 218-346-7811.