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Volunteer demonstrates outstanding commitment

Don Atkinson, the owner of Flamingo Palace in Oregon, was named United Way Volunteer of the Year April 23 in Rockford.  With him is Lynn Knodle, executive director of Serenity Hospice & Home of Oregon, which benefits from his volunteerism. Photo submitted by the hospice.
Don Atkinson, the owner of Flamingo Palace in Oregon, was named United Way Volunteer of the Year April 23 in Rockford. With him is Lynn Knodle, executive director of Serenity Hospice & Home of Oregon, which benefits from his volunteerism. Photo submitted by the hospice.

OREGON ­ As with so many of Serenity Hospice & Home of Oregon volunteers, Don Atkinson devotes many hours a week assisting the organization in a variety of ways.

In honor of his commitment, he was recognized April 23 as a 2013 Community Volunteer Award recipient from the United Way of Rock River Valley.

The ceremony was at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Rockford.

The owner of the Flamingo Palace in Oregon, Atkinson uses his energy and commitment to the organization to assist with donations at Angel Treasures Resale Shop, visits Veteran hospice patients, builds and installs ramps to help patients stay in their homes longer, and offers assistance in various other ways.

Each year the United Way of Rock River Valley recognizes an individual, youth, and volunteer group who exemplify outstanding commitment to volunteering.

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