The city of Woodbury was honored at the 2016 All-American City Awards held in Colorado this June. Globe University-Woodbury Campus Director, Lisa Palermo, attended on behalf of the Woodbury Area Chamber Commerce, where she sits as the First Vice Chair representing Globe University.
“I felt great pride that I work in such a great city like Woodbury,” said Lisa. “This event reinvigorated my belief in America, showing that just one person can make a big difference.”
The All-American City Award spotlights community efforts ensuring all children are healthy and supported to succeed in school, life, including initiatives that promote access to health care, education and jobs, according to the Mayor of Denver, Colorado, Michael B. Hancock.
Woodbury and Columbia Heights where the two Minnesota city finalists out of 20 cities who were invited to this event; and Columbia Heights was one of the 10 2016 All-America City Winners.
“These All-America cities are doing amazing work to engage their communities in helping to assure the well-being of young people,” said Doug Linkhart, President of the National Civic League. “We’re constantly impressed by their innovation and dedication in bringing together groups and individuals together to address critical issues such as the health and educational success. While there are certainly many other successful community engagement efforts to improve opportunities for young people, All-America City winners clearly rise to the top.”
Woodbury submitted their philanthropic effort of when two local women, Nikki Robbins and Lisa Engh, rallied the entire community to join a statewide effort called Feed My Starving Children. Robbins and Engh gathered more than 20,000 volunteers from the community and raised enough money and workers to send hand-packed meals called MobilePacks to impoverished people in more than 70 countries.
“Even though Woodbury did not win, I was honored to represent my workplace hometown,” said Lisa. “This event was a great opportunity to meet and connect with peers from across the country, participate in workshops on critical issues, and network. Overall, I left this event feeling inspired and proud of Woodbury.”