Marion Promotes Examples of Community Champions in “Champion of the Month” Campaign

MARION, IN: (July 29th, 2016) – Shortly after announcing the new Marion slogan, “City of Champions,” in May, the City is busy working to educate the community by sharing living examples of champions. Mayor Jess Alumbaugh emphasized when announcing the new slogan, “It’s not about being a winner or being victorious. The definition we are focusing on of a ‘champion’ is: to fight for a cause, or one who fights for a cause. Basically, it’s the people who are doing good work in our community….the individuals who influence others in a good way, and the ones who believe in Marion enough to fight for Marion.”

In rolling out the campaign in July, the mayor invited 105 year-old Pearl Bassett to join him on a radio program, as Marion’s first “Champion of the Month.” Bassett is a well-known woman in the community known for her activism and service for civil rights. Bassett was a pivotal component in the civil rights movement, and broke barriers in the political sector in Grant County. She is a life-long resident of Marion, and an inspiration to all who know her.

This morning, the mayor announced and featured the August “Champion of the Month,” Linda Wilk. The Director of Hands of Hope with Family Service Society Inc. was interviewed and recognized for the life-changing work she is doing in the field of domestic violence, her selfless volunteerism including activism in her neighborhood, and her positive narrative about Marion.

The Marion “Champion of the Month” is currently featured once a month (on or around the first of each month) by way of a short interview during the mayor’s regular appearance on “Good Morning Grant County” on AM 1400 WBAT between 7:15 and 7:30 am. The campaign will continue indefinitely, and is open to grow creatively, to inspire and educate the community more and more of the people here who believe in a bright future for Marion, and take action to see it through.

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