Awards of Excellence

The Villiges 22015 Awards of Excellence – Longstanding Community Organization* category winner is          The Villages

The Villages, formed by Dr. Karl Menninger, provides stable, emotionally supportive homes for children and youth in need; these homes function as a family-style setting rather than an institution or orphanage. At any given time about 70 young people reside in one of the Villages Homes in either Topeka or Lawrence. For over 50 years, The Villages have provided young people throughout Kansas and the Mid-west with the same opportunities every child deserves.

* This is a special, one time, category celebrates CRC’s 90 years by recognizing an organization who has been making a difference in our community for 50 years or more.


Previous Winners

Individual Award Winners:

2015 Lynn Hultquist, Topeka Tree Team
2014  Gary Doyle, Harvesters 
2013  Justyn Hosman, Topeka Rescue Mission
2012  Connie Sanchez, YMCA Safe Visit
2011  Commissioner Shelly Buhler & Councilman Bob Archer
2010  Sally Zellers, Safe Streets Coalition

Nonprofit Award Winners:

2015 CASA of Shawnee County
2014 Junior League of Topeka & their Diaper Depot 
2013 Harvesters
2012 Boys & Girls Club of Topeka
2011 Marian Clinic
2010 Heartland Visioning


Business Award Winners:

2015 Advisors Excel
2014 Walgreen’s Drug Store #03772 
2013 Westar Energy
2012 Robuck Jewelers
2011 Performance Tire and Wheel 
2010 WIBW-TV

Government Agency Award Winners: 

2015 Topeka Municipal Court
2014 Veterans Administration / Life Enrichment Center 
2013 Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority
2012 Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
2011 USD 501 Topeka Public Schools
2010 Topeka Police Department’s Community Policing Unit