Judy Sherry of Kansas City was the recipient of the 2014 AARP Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service – the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. She was honored in a celebration was held at the Community Christian Church on September 17 in Kansas City.
Sherry is a 74 year-old grandmother who, with another grandmother in Kansas, founded the Missouri Kansas Chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence (GAG) in September 2013. Sherry currently serves as president of the organization that has more than 200 members in both Missouri and Kansas. She was awarded a donation of $1500 for this organization.
“This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change, said Dr. Kathy Bond, AARP volunteer state president. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”
Sherry, a member of AARP for 24 years, has 33 years of experience in advertising and communications in the Kansas City area. “She never stops working to improve government, better education, supporting the arts, lifting up the less fortunate, and most importantly, inspiring like-minded people to collaborate for progress,” said Judie Becker who nominated Sherry for the honor. Becker added that Sherry is involved in many community activities and pointed out one of many examples: Sherry helped raise $20,000 in a two-hour period for KCUR, the public radio station in Kansas City and NPR affiliate.
“All of Judy’s volunteer work hinges on enhancing the quality of life for all and positive social change,” Becker said.
Congratulations again to Judy Sherry, recipient of the 2014 AARP Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service.