Awards

Kasten Award



The KASTEN AWARD is the highest honor given to any council member. It is named for former Missouri State Representative Mary Kasten who founded the Community Caring Council. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies the strength and commitment to the community as stated in the Caring Council’s goals and ideals, and whose work is recognized as a “building block” of support for the council through active membership or extensive work on council sponsored activities.

Past recipients include:

  • 1993 Barb Stribling
  • 1994 Jim Davis
  • 1995 Lori Hayden
  • 1996 Shelba Branscum
  • 1997 Charlotte Craig
  • 1998 Tonya Fambro
  • 1999 Paul Schniedermeyer
  • 2000 Frances Gould
  • 2001 Mary Gosche
  • 2002 Jo Boyer
  • 2003 Kevin Sexton
  • 2004 Shirley Ramsey
  • 2005 Ellie Knight, Aging Committee
  • 2006 Tom Davisson, Kay Azuma
  • 2007 Jeff Brune, Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority
  • 2008 Denise Lincoln
  • 2009 Dr. Janet Ruopp & Dr. Patrick Ruopp
  • 2010 Kathy Sweeney
  • 2011 C. James Maginel
  • 2012 Nancy Jernigan
  • 2013 Project Homeless Connect
  • 2014 Janice Jones
  • 2015 EPIC Pals
  • 2016 Dr. Michael Parker
  • 2017 Books on Wheels Project in Cape Girardeau


Horizon Award



The HORIZON AWARD is given each year to the individual who has given extraordinary service to the council in a specific area, whether it be committee work, a special project or as a volunteer to support a council committee, event or activity.

Past recipients include:

  • 1993 Jerry Wilmath
  • 1994 Ted Fedler
  • 1995 None Awarded
  • 1996 Jim Watkins
  • 1997 Beth Schmucker
  • 1998 Jim Maginel
  • 1999 Leah Shrum
  • 2000 Denis Rigdon
  • 2001 Kevin Sexton
  • 2002 Joyce Holekamp
  • 2003 Nancy Jernigan
  • 2004 Kay Azuma
  • 2005 Stacy Taylor
  • 2006 Roy Jones, Natalie Sandoval
  • 2007 THRIVE Youth Development Committee
  • 2008 Department of Social Work, College of Health & Human Services, Southeast Missouri State University
  • 2009 Linda Garner
  • 2010 Cheryl Ellis
  • 2011 Jackson Public Schools
  • 2012 Dorothy Gholson
  • 2013 Evangelical United Church
  • 2014 Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri
  • 2015 Tameka Kyles
  • 2016 Nick and Jenny Barna
  • 2017 Division of Youth Services Southeast Region