Penny Parker Honored for Support of Families

Penny Parker Families

From left, WOWT Evening News Anchor John Knicely; Sarah Schoenrock, niece of Penny Parker; and Penny and Steve Parker. Penny Parker received the Heartland Family Service Family Advocate Award during the Salute to Families Banquet on Thursday.

Award given during Heartland Family Service Salute to Families Banquet

OMAHA (Nov. 20, 2017) – Heartland Family Service honored Completely KIDS Executive Director Penny Parker with the Family Advocate Award during the Salute to Families banquet on Thursday at Happy Hollow Club.

The award is given to an individual or group who has “demonstrated direct action in services or issues that strengthen families,” according to the agency’s website.

“For nearly 40 years, over 25 as the executive director for Completely KIDS, Penny has worked tirelessly on the front lines caring and advocating for children and their families,” said Carla Patton-Ochsner, who nominated Parker for the award. “ ‘Miss Penny,’ as the children so affectionately call her, is a friend to every child who walks in the doors at the agency. Her passion for families in our community has made Completely KIDS a beacon of hope for many.”

One of Parker’s proudest contributions, as noted in the banquet program, is providing a safe place for children and families. She believes in advocating for social justice and providing a voice for the voiceless.

Parker was honored alongside four other area families: the Karla and Scott Cassels family, leadership; the Dr. Viv and John Ewing family, community service; the Simone and Tony Jones family, commitment to family; and the Anne and Sean Rich family, challenged and successful.

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Posted By: Adrielle Griffin
Posted On: November 17, 2017

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