St. Maryís Hospital was honored as Idahoís Brightest Star grand prize
winner in the business category.
Awarded as runners-up at the third annual ceremonies were Kelby Wilson
of Cottonwood in the individual category and the Cottonwood Lions Club
in the organization category.
St. Maryís Hospital in Cottonwood, continues to be a
standout in their community and state as an extraordinary provider of services
to enhance the lives of Idahoís families and children. St. Maryís provides
care for Cottonwood, Greencreek, Ferdinand, Kamiah, Nezperce, Craigmont
and Grangeville, offering uncompensated medical care, charity care, in
kind donations, and sport physical programs that donate a portion of the
fee (60 percent) back to the schools. St. Maryís Hospital provides flu
shots, childbirth classes, and immunization clinics for children. The hospital
sponsors the Angel Tree and backpacks for needy children. St. Maryís Hospital
and Clinic is a beacon of light and hope reaching out to the community
in many ways.
The Cottonwood Lions Club, Cottonwood.
The members of this Lion Club are always engaged in a community service
project. The club has helped the community for more than 25 years. Recent
projects include several efforts at the City Park, including a veteranís
memorial, replacement of worn pavement along the bike path and repair of
the awnings over the tables. The Lionís Club has helped with everything
from the baseball field to a new clinic and helicopter pad for the hospital.
All of these efforts help provide the youth of the area with positive activities.
Kelby Wilson of Cottonwood is an outstanding student who consistently
takes the initiative to be proactively involved in his family, school,
community and church.
He is a positive role model for young children. His personal and community
interests focus on youth development. He has participated in the foreign
exchange program, helped raise money for St. Jude Childrenís Hospital,
participated in 4-H, led his class as president, participated in the North
Idaho Youth for Justice, volunteered at the local library, served with
the Catholic Youth Boys Group, participated in peer mediation in the school
system, and led the football team as captain. He has won the support of
community leaders in his goal to create a youth council for community involvement
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