2013-12-21 / News

Powell honored as ‘Difference Maker’


Freedom Years Director Karen Rice and Chairman Dan DeLawder present the Difference Maker Award to Rachel Powell, center. Courtesy photo. Freedom Years Director Karen Rice and Chairman Dan DeLawder present the Difference Maker Award to Rachel Powell, center. Courtesy photo. NEWARK – The Park National Bank recently honored Thornville resident Rachel Powell as the 2013 Freedom Years Difference Maker.

She was recognized for dedicating her time to the Licking County Humane Society (LCHS). Lori Carlson, executive director of the Licking County Humane Society nominated Powell for the award, which is given annually to a Freedom Years member who has been deeply involved in the community. In her nomination Carlson said, “Anyone who knows Rachel knows of her persistence, her steadfast loyalty and her gift for helping others understand those issues about which she is passionate. Rachel’s zest to contribute is a sight to be seen and one that has made a powerful difference to homeless pets in Licking County.”

Powell has been a member of the LCHS board of directors since 2008 and helped the society reach its capital campaign goal to build the new new shelter. She volunteers for and organizes many LCHS events including the Jazz and Ribs Festival, Petapalooza and the Fur Ball.

“We are tickled to honor Rachel for her countless contributions to the Humane Society,” said Karen Rice, director of Park’s Freedom Years program. “Rachel’s determination to serve her community is inspiring. After hearing her story and how she’s overcome visual impairment, we don’t know how anyone could not feel compelled to go out and give back. She’s truly a gem to the Humane Society and is a wonderful advocate for the important services it provides.”

Powell choose the humane society as the recepient of Park’s $500 award.

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