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    Humanitarian Award applications now being accepted

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. This year will mark the 28th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by longtime Community Foundation of the Ozarks supporter Jewell Thompson Schweitzer. The deadline for nominations […]

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    Hearld Ambler honored as 2016 Humanitarian

    Hearld Ambler, whose long record of community service includes helping senior citizens prepare tax returns for the past 27 years, was honored Dec. 8 as the 2016 Humanitarian Award recipient at a luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel in Springfield. Ambler was nominated by the SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging and the Senior Foundation of the […]

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    Hearld Ambler named 2016 Humanitarian

    Hearld Ambler, whose long record of community service includes helping senior citizens prepare tax returns for the past 27 years, has been named the 2016 Humanitarian Award recipient. Ambler will be honored at a luncheon at noon, Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield. Ambler was nominated by the SeniorAge Area Agency on […]

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    Humanitarian Award Applications Accepted

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. This year will mark the 27th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by longtime Community Foundation of the Ozarks supporter Jewell Thompson Schweitzer. The deadline for nominations […]

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    Larson honored as 2015 Humanitarian

    Kurt Larson, a Springfield attorney who founded the “Safe and Sober Prom Night” campaign and has devoted countless hours to its success and expansion over 12 years, was honored as the 2015 Humanitarian Award recipient on Dec. 8 at the DoubleTree Hotel. Larson founded the program in Springfield Public Schools 12 years ago when he recognized the […]

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    Kurt Larson named 2015 Humanitarian Award winner

    Kurt Larson, a Springfield attorney who founded the “Safe and Sober Prom Night” campaign and has devoted countless hours to its success and expansion over 12 years, has been named the 2015 Humanitarian Award recipient. Larson will be honored at a luncheon at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield. He founded […]

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    Morey Mechlin named 2014 Humanitarian

    Longtime advocate for children and community volunteer Morey Mechlin has been selected as the 2014 Humanitarian Award recipient. Mechlin, currently the executive director of Care to Learn, will be honored at a luncheon at noon, Monday, Dec. 15, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield. This year’s event has special significance as the 25th anniversary of […]

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    2014 Humanitarian Award nominations now accepted

    Pictured: 2013 Humanitarian Shawn Askinosie with Humanitarian Award founder Jewell Thompson Schweitzer Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Humanitarian Award to honor a southwest Missouri resident for service that contributes to the betterment of his or her community. This year will mark the 25th annual Humanitarian Award, which was founded by longtime Community […]

  • Shawn Askinosie to be Honored as 2013 Humanitarian

    Springfield social entrepreneur and philanthropist Shawn Askinosie has been selected as the 2013 Humanitarian Award recipient.

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    Askinosie, the founder of Askinosie Chocolate, will be honored at a luncheon at noon, Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Doubletree Hotel in Springfield.

    He was nominated by the Junior League of Springfield for his efforts to feed and educate children in multiple countries and for using his business skills to educate Springfield students through programs at Boyd Elementary and Pipkin Middle School and Chocolate University for high school students. He also helps foster ongoing learning programs through a computer lab for kids staying at the Missouri Hotel, adjacent to his factory on Commercial Street.

    Askinosie Chocolate’s business model is to source cocoa beans from farmers in Africa, the Philippines, Ecuador and Honduras and offer profit sharing, mentorship and resources to enhance production and crop quality. He also supports educational projects, food sustainability, technology improvements and reliable drinking water sources in villages in which he works.

    A former criminal defense attorney, Askinosie also co-founded Lost & Found, a nonprofit agency in Springfield that focuses on grief counseling, particularly for children who lose parents at an early age.