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Pat Parker named Tapestry Dedication Award winner

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 10:24 am

Longtime community volunteer Pat Parker was named recipient of the Tapestry: A Day for You event's Dedication Award at a news conference today at the Holiday Inn at IPFW on Coliseum Boulevard.

Parker "is a female role model whose positive activities and attitude have encompassed all aspects of her life,” Linda Ruffolo, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s executive director of development, said in a news release.

Parker “has been the best volunteer: dependable, informed and eager to take on whatever was needed to promote health and well-being in this community," Ruffolo said.

Parker also is a great friend, remembering people's birthdays and anniversaries, Ruffolo said.

Whatever you are doing with Parker, it is fun, Ruffolo added.

"This quality permeates all of her activities, be it fundraising, sitting on a board, making scholarship decisions or visiting friends," she said. "It is one of the important, defining qualities making Pat Parker so unique.”

At the news conference, Kathleen Jackson, Tapestry project manager, also announced the event has raised more than $536,000 since its start in 2002, the news release said. Thirty-seven students have received scholarships, Jackson said, and she expects about $40,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year.

Tapestry: A Day for You, a day for learning, inspiration and wellness, will take place 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. Online registration opens Feb. 22 at www.ipfw.edu/tapestry.

The keynote luncheon speaker will be Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek.

The morning speakers will be Marci Crozier and her daughter, Courtney, who were among the Season 11 contestants on the NBC reality TV series "The Biggest Loser."

Tickets to Tapestry are $65 per person for open seating or $700 for a reserved table of 10. Admission includes breakfast, two breakout sessions, the noon luncheon, presentation of the Parkview/Tapestry Scholarships and Spacek's keynote address, as well as shopping at the many booths lining the perimeter of the coliseum Expo Center.

For more information, go to www.ipfw.edu/ tapestry.