2012 Richardson Real Heroes

Clothes Closet Volunteers named
2012 Real Heroes of the Year

RICHARDSON, Texas (April
12, 2012) – Three individuals, a couple and a duo are the latest honorees in a
Richardson initiative to recognize people who quietly make a difference to city
residents.  These eight
Richardson Real Heroes were honored in a special event recently held at the
Richardson Civic Center.

At the annual recognition event, the Richardson Real Heroes
committee celebrated the volunteer endeavors of three individual volunteers and
a duet of volunteers who give of their time together; Honored as 2012 Real
Heroes finalists are:

  • Richards and
    Flora Cohen, volunteers for the Eisemann Center, the Dallas Zoo and many
    places in between
  • Gail McAda and
    Denise Lindgren, volunteer organizers with the Richardson ISD PTA Clothes
  • Mindy Downs,
    currently volunteer as a “Uniform Mom” for the Mighty Mustang Band
  • Bonnie Edwards,
    volunteer for First United Methodist Church Richardson, Network of
    Community Ministries, Single Parent Action Network and Student Ministries
  • Galen Kannarr,
    volunteer for the Pearce High School theater program, as well as several
    other Richardson organizations

Capping the event, it was announced that the Real Heroes committee
chose Gail McAda and Denise Lindgren as the dual Real Heroes of the Year for


According to Schmidt, the Richardson Real Heroes committee expects
to increase its focus on identifying worthy honorees from the student sector in
the coming year.

“In the coming years, we look forward to expanding our horizons
and seeking out the individuals that create a place where people love to serve
and help others.  Whether
young or old, this community exemplifies the kind of people with the generosity
to keep our city running without anything in return,” added Schmidt.

The Richardson Real Heroes Award was created in 2010 by the
Richardson Coalition, a non-partisan community group dedicated to promoting
economic progress and the preservation of the city’s values and quality of

 The search for the 2013 Real Heroes will begin late this
fall; Richardson residents and community organizations are encouraged to start
considering volunteers making a difference in the community now in preparation
for the nominating process