2014-06-28 Wright as Vol of Year Award

Rhonda Wright (far left) is with the Kehl family.

The Fishers Freedom Festival awarded its eighth annual winner of the “William D. Kehl Jr. Volunteer of the Year” award to Rhonda Wright.  This prestigious award was presented by the Kehl family during the Fishers Freedom Festival’s Opening Ceremonies last Saturday.

Rhonda Wright, owner of The Wright Touch hair salon, has dedicated endless hours towards a variety of Fishers organizations for decades.  Wright has volunteered for Kappa Delta Phi, Delaware Township Food Pantry, Girl Scouts, children’s sports teams, Fishers Freedom Festival and others.  She is a proven dedicated and extraordinary volunteer often putting others before herself.

As a member of Kappa Delta Phi, a women’s service sorority, she organizes their craft fair to assist needy families, helps with the annual breast cancer luncheon, shops for needy families, and organizes an annual auction and style show luncheon to benefit the Delaware Township Food Pantry raising thousands of dollars to keep the pantry stocked with basic necessities.  She has prepared and delivered hot meals to Fishers residents that can no longer take care of themselves and visited area nursing homes during the holidays providing holiday treats to residents and styling ladies’ hair and nails.  Wright has assisted elderly hair salon clients no longer able to physically make it into her salon by providing visiting them at their homes to provide services or by driving them to and from the salon.

Selected by a panel of judges who reviewed all nominations, Wright displayed exceptional dedication and commitment towards helping Fishers residents.  All award recipients are Fishers residents that have made a positive impact on the community by helping individuals, organizations or the Town of Fishers.  These winners have gone above and beyond to help or support others while being wonderful role-models.

Past recipients of this award were Dub and Jeanne Clark in 2007, Mary Pat McKee in 2008, Deta Lasley in 2009, Brad Jackson in 2010, Ellen Huckabee in 2011, Art Hennig in 2012 and Ed Pierce in 2013.  This award was named in loving memory of William D. Kehl Jr. whose life was tragically cut short and who dedicated many years to the Fishers Freedom Festival and the Town of Fishers.  He was an intricate part of our community and will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his drive to be the best at everything, and his absolute dedication to his community.

Back in 1989, the founders of the Fishers Parade and Festival decided to have a community gathering to celebrate Independence Day.  With the help of volunteers, the event originated as a one-day community picnic, parade, and a few games for the children.  Due to the overwhelming participation by the public, this event grew to a two-day event.

The mission of the Fishers Freedom Festival is to encourage fellowship through civic partnerships and citizen involvement by creating a safe environment, developing needed community services, promoting family integrity and striving to improve the quality of life for every resident by investing in human potential.

The 26th annual Fishers Freedom Festival was held on Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29 at Holland Park and always in need of volunteers, sponsors and advertisers.  For more information, please email info@fishersfreedomfestival.org, visit 8591 East 116th Street in Fishers or call 317-595-3195.  Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.