Seven Utah volunteers are recent recipients of JCPenney Golden Rule Awards for "exceptional service" to the community.
Contributions of $1,000 were presented to each of the organizations they serve, while the volunteers were presented an engraved glass sculpture during a reception in the state Capitol rotunda. KSL-TV and the Volunteer Center are co-sponsors of the volunteer program. All winners were entered in national competition for $10,000 awards, said Eleanor Muth, Mountain States publicist for JCPenney.Recipients, their community and organizations: Wendy Bennion, Sandy, youth winner, a volunteer at Primary Children's Medical Center; Helen Jenson, Spanish Fork, education winner, Park Elementary School, Spanish Fork; and adult winners - Mason Rankin, Salt Lake City, Kindly Gifts; Cindy Jones, Salt Lake City, Young People's Racquetball; Marjorie Killpack, Ogden, Your Community Connection; Dr. David Okubo, West Jordan, American Diabetes Association; and Cindy Richards, Provo, Franklin Neighborhood Council.
Ten finalists and their organizations (each received a $250 grant), chosen from about 150 applicants: Bim Oliver, Salt Lake City, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Utah; Parvus Corp., Camp Kostopulos; Marion Palmer, Salt Lake City, March of Dimes; James T. Houghton, Hooper, Weber County, Ogden City Police Reserve Corps; Jerald D. Holyoak, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Rotary/Mentoring and Job Placement Program; Sherianne Cotterell, Salt Lake City, Art Access/Very Special Arts of Utah; Thomas G. Eatchel, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Area Chapter American Red Cross; Patti Bargar, Clearfield, Wasatch Elementary Parent-Teacher Association; Patricia Golden Gann, Salt Lake City, Utah Council of the Blind; and Henry `Pierre' Watier, Provo, Community Action Services.