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3/2/2013 1:01:00 PM
Pat and Darrell Dierks earn Yavapai County Unsung Hero Award
From left: Mary Eichman, Pat Dierks, Darrell Dierks and Supervisor Chip Davis.
From left: Mary Eichman, Pat Dierks, Darrell Dierks and Supervisor Chip Davis.

Pat and Darrell Dierks are this month’s Yavapai County Unsung Hero Award recipients. Candidates for the award can be nominated by anyone who lives in Yavapai County This month’s winners were nominated by Mary Eichman. Supervisor Chip Davis and Mary were in the studio to present the award to the Dierks. Mary says she thinks everyone who knows the Dierks feels they are very special people.

Pat and Darrell moved to the Verde Valley in 2001. They brought with them a great dedication to feeding the hungry in the community. Through their church they invited all who had no plans for Christmas Day to dinner at their home. Soon the event evolved to a larger venue at the church. Now they are involved with a group called Picnic in the Park that serves food to the hungry at Riverfront Park every Friday evening.

Recently the Dierks have initiated a food pantry at the Cottonwood Christian Assembly Church. It is open to the public every Tuesday and currently serves about 150 families on a regular basis with the involvement of about 100 church volunteers recruited by Pat and Darrell. Their passions don’t stop there.

They have also done free school tutoring for children. When they learned that the art project would be dissolved at the Cottonwood Elementary and Middle Schools, both Pat and Darrell volunteered to help generate funding to continue the programs.

All of these events require considerable thought and physical effort on the part of both Pat and Darrell. The Cottonwood community benefits greatly from their caring skills.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: Jennifer Newell

Cottonwood is lucky to have these two individuals they do so much for our community. Thank you Pat and Darrell!

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Pat Dierks

We want to thank Mary Eichman for her kind and thoughtful nomination of us for this award. It is very much appreciated. Pat and Darrell

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