Three area residents win VillageFest Community Spirit Awards
Former Mayor Laura Wassmer, longtime City Clerk Joyce Hagen Mundy, and local business owner Mely Ballard received Community Spirit Awards during VillageFest July 4.
The awards are given each year to those who have made significant contributions to the city and community.
Wassmer, who was elected to the City Council in 1998 and elected Mayor in 2015, serving until 2019, and Hagen Mundy, who worked for the city for 30 years before retiring in January, each received the Lifetime Spirit Award. The award is given to to any individual who has given their time and talent in an effort to improve the quality of life in our community. This category recognizes people who spent many years giving back to Prairie Village.
Ballard, owner of Mely's Yogurt & Ice Cream, received the Citizens Spirit Award. This category recognizes people who are well-known for community service, as well as lesser-known neighborhood heroes who have selflessly helped their neighbors in need of extra care or in an emergency and those who help out under other circumstances like snow removal, grass cutting or other burdens of daily living for neighbors unable to do their own due to age or infirmity.