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2009 Annual Champion: Patricia Rizzi
By the time Patricia Rizzi discovered her daughter's bruises, it was too late to save her from the abusive marriage she was in. After her daughter's death, she turned her sorrow into strength by championing the domestic violence cause and educating others in the Toledo area. Read more
Connie Donald - February
Connie Donald, an RN at UT, says love for four-legged friends inspired her to volunteer at a local shelter for more than 18 years walking dogs, cleaning kennels and more. Read more
Linda Amrou - March
Linda Amrou, a student at UT, says that a higher power inspires her to make the world a better place. She honors above all else faith, family and friends — in that order. Read more
Barbara Kopp Miller - May
Dr. Barbara Kopp Miller, director of UT's Center for Successful Aging, does a wide variety of community service. She is especially close to the geriatric community. Read more
Lucas Blazejewski - June
In 2007, Lucas Blazejewski joined others from his fraternity to bike from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., visiting those with disabilities and mentoring them with special programs.
William Schmitt - July
After being accepted into medical school at UTMC, Schmitt spent five months in Nicaragua, inspiring him to start mission trips there, providing health care with other students. Read more
Sue Kielczewski - August
Sue Kielczewski, a UT account clerk, is better known as Mrs. Claus. She spreads cheer during the holiday season by reminding children of the giving spirit of Christmas. Read more
Natalie Powers - September
Natalie Powers created and implemented a program called Second Chance, which helps those with minor criminal offenses expunge their record and look for employment.
Mark Skopin - October
Mark Skopin is a co-founder of UT's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, an organization that sends students to Third World countries to use their engineering skills to provide clean water and more.
Michael Miller - November
While maintaining a 3.4 grade point average, Michael Miller spends hundreds of hours helping the New Alexandria Lions Club and more, also serving as chair of community service for his fraternity.
Alex Wise - December
Alex Wise raises money and donates his time to various causes including Adopt-A-Highway, Down Syndrome Walk, canned food drives, soup kitchens, clothing drives and more.