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Photos of Denny Mihalinec interviewed for local Jefferson Award by ABC Action News, Channel 28, WFTS, Tampa.

I want to thank those who nominated me for the prestigious -Jefferson Award- I got a call from ABC Action News and they said I had a handful of nominations from community leaders and citizens for ten years of service to Pasco County kids/families....I am honored to have been volunteer of the year and citizen of the year in the past- But this was a complete surprise to be acknowledged for ten years of service.... On my ten year anniversary... I am ready for another ten years if God allows..


Denny Mihalinec


January 25, 2008

Hi, everyone.

Just wanted to share the story that was played on abcactionnews about Denny and Journey Village.  Just click on the link above and find the Jefferson Award Nominees and their stories (Denny's is under Dennis Mihalinec).  Thanks...have a great day! -- Jennifer  --This is a video feed for high speed connections.  It is of the interview pictured below and broadcast on Wednesday, January 23, 2008


In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard founded the American Institute for Public Service, a 501c3 public foundation, to establish a Nobel Prize for public and community service - The Jefferson Awards.

The Jefferson Awards are presented on two levels: national and local. National award recipients represent a "Who's Who" of outstanding Americans. The national awards are given in five categories:

  • Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official
  • Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen
  • Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged
  • Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Younger
  • Outstanding Public Service Benefiting the Local Community

Past winners of the national award include Cesar Chavez, Jimmy Carter, Walter Chronkite, General Colin Powell, Arthur Ashe, Paul Newman, Lance Armstrong among many others.

On the local level, Jefferson Awards recipients are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition or reward. By honoring the Jefferson Award recipients, it is the goal of the American Institute for Public Service to inspire others to become involved in community and public service.

By last count, the Jefferson Awards had 147 Media Partners in 93 communities, setting an all-time record. The Jefferson Awards is the nation's largest media partnership highlighting service to America.