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November 14, 2003
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EMU’s Vick Receives 2003 Community Luminary Award

YPSILANTI – James Vick, vice president for student affairs at Eastern Michigan University, has been honored by the DTE Energy Foundation and Michigan Nonprofit Association with the 2003 Community Luminary Award.

The award, presented by the Foundation and Association in celebration of DTE’s 100th anniversary, was given at a reception Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Detroit.

The award recognizes outstanding leaders and volunteers for their dedication and efforts in contributing to the development of Michigan communities and for inspiring others around them. Vick received $1,000 for Meals on Wheels, the charity of his choice, and a commemorative gift.

For 22 years, Vick has been involved with Ypsilanti’s Meals on Wheels, doing everything from delivering meals to the homebound elderly to currently serving as the organization’s vice president.

“None of us do what we do in the community for recognition or reward. We do it because we know it’s the right thing to do, because it’s important work and because we like doing it,” said Vick.

The criteria for each nominee’s evaluation included the degree of exceptional leadership qualities, contributions to a needed service in the community, the scope of participation, use of creative problem-solving methods, positive results of the activity and degree of difficulty involved.

The Community Luminary Awards are funded by the DTE Energy Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting programs that strengthen the fabric of the communities by developing the potential of their residents, institutions and infrastructure.

The Michigan Nonprofit Association is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting the awareness and effectiveness of Michigan’s nonprofit sector and advancing the cases of volunteerism and philanthropy in the state.


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