DAR names Katie Laska recipient of Community Service Award

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, the Punxsutawney chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution named Katie Laska as the recipient of its Community Service Award.

In introducing Laska during a dinner event Tuesday at the First English Lutheran Church, Ginger Momyer, chairperson of DAR’s Community Service Award Committee, said Laska is deserving of the award because she has spent many hours of her adult life helping the community by serving on many boards and committees; working in her church, Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church; and for civil organizations to help the people of the community.

The owner of two businesses, Laska’s Pizza and Caterina’s Dolce Cucina, Laska served as the president of the former Young Women’s Club and was a driving force in establishing Library Days at the former BiLo. She has served as a member of the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce board for 10 years and as vice-president of the Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center.

She is also a member of PRIDE, a local group that strives to improve and beautify the downtown district. Laska helped reinstate selling corsages for Groundhog Day, with proceeds going to PRIDE, and has been instrumental in the “Third Thursday” events during the summer. She also helps during the Home for the Holidays parade.

Also a member of PEO and SS.C.D.’s Rosary Altar Society, Laska is active in supporting community projects, and she also donates a great deal of time and effort.

Despite being very humble and not wanting recognition for her efforts, Laska was named the 2011 Woman of the Year at this year’s Groundhog Banquet.

Laska received a Community Service Award and pin, and DAR will donate $50 toward a charity of Laska’s choice in her honor.

The object of the Community Service Award is to provide an excellent opportunity to recognize outstanding volunteer achievement in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical or citizenship endeavors.

The recipient must have contributed to the community in an outstanding heroic, civic or benevolent manner, or participated in organized community activities.