A Salt Lake woman has been named runner-up department president of the year for the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Deborah Spader, a member of auxiliary #3586 in Sugar House, won the award as part of the national convention in Phoenix.Spader served as the auxiliary's president for the state of Utah for one year.
During Spader's term, Utah had 1,307 members, $4,700 in contributions for the Cancer Aid and Research program and at least 75 percent participation in all auxiliary programs.
She is serving as national safety chairwoman for the western conference.
Stacey Bess, Salt Lake City, was honored at the convention for her efforts helping homeless children.
Bess received the 1995 Unsung Heroine award for her work with children at the School With No Name in Salt Lake City, the nation's first homeless shelter classroom.
The auxiliary's more than 765,000 members volunteer in hospitals, protect veterans' entitlements and provide community service nationwide.
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