United Way honors Edmonds, Lynnwood residents

Oct 03, 2013

More than 600 people joined United Way of Snohomish County on Sept. 25 to honor three residents of Edmonds and Lynnwood with Spirit of Snohomish County Awards.

The awards are given to individuals and organizations that help improve people’s lives, work for the betterment of our community and inspire others to serve.

Tori Ly, who graduated from Edmonds-Woodway High School this year, and started classes at the University of Washington on the same day as the Awards Breakfast, won the Spirit of Snohomish County Youth Award in part for her work on United Way’s Kids Matter Vision Council, where she helped review grant applications.

Her parents, Chau Ly and Yen Truong accepted the award on her behalf.

“After being exposed to volunteerism so early in my life, it’s become a part of me, and will stay part of me as I grow up,” she said.

Peggy Kennedy of Edmonds co-founded the Edmonds Food Bank more than 30 years ago, and at the time served 34 families each week.

Today, it serves 500 families weekly, and is still growing.

Peggy’s team of more than 100 volunteers keeps the food bank operating while remaining strongly devoted to their mission.

Her dedication to the food bank has made a difference in the lives of many families over the years.

Chris Kelly, a postal worker in Lynnwood, won the Spirit of Labor Award for her work on the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive - the largest one-day food collection event in Snohomish County.

For the past 10 years, Kelly has been the driving force behind this successful event.

This year’s Letter Carriers Food Drive brought in 277,263 pounds of food and, in a contest of the National Association of Letter Carriers, garnered second place for the local letter carriers union in their division.

“Tori, Peggy and Chris are tremendous assets to our community,” said Dr. Dennis G. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County. “I am so proud of the work they’ve done.”

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