The Fishers Freedom Festival awarded its fourth annual winner of the “William D. Kehl Jr. Volunteer of the Year” award to Brad Jackson.  This prestigious award was presented by the Kehl family to Jackson during the Fishers Freedom Festival’s Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, June 26th.

Brad Jackson, an 8th grade teacher at Riverside Junior High School and leader of the 8th grade National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) program, was selected for his willingness to go above and beyond his normal duties to assist and help other people and PTO organizations with their volunteer needs within our community.  Without his and the NJHS’s help, some Hamilton Southeastern Schools PTOs would have fallen short in all of their fundraising efforts which essentially made our school system stronger.  

Pictured from left to right. Front: Elijah Kehl, Bryce Kehl. Back: Brad Jackson, Shelli Kehl, Missy Kehl

Selected by a panel of judges who reviewed all nominations, Jackson 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 and Deta Lasley in 2009.  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 22nd Annual Fishers Freedom Festival was Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27, 2010.  The Festival is always in need of volunteers at different levels of participation.  Check us out on Twitter and Facebook.  For more information on volunteering or about the festival, please email freedomfestival@sbcglobal.net, visit 8601 East 116th Street in Fishers or call 317-595-3195.