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Quirk honored for community spirit

RUTLAND - Kelley Quirk, branch manager at Rutland's Citizen's Bank Merchants Row branch, has been awarded the 2010 Be Inspired Award for her commitment and dedication to the community. As part of the award, her employer will contribute $2,500 to the charity of her choice.

"Kelley exemplifies what community spirit is all about," said Cathleen A. Schmidt, president of the bank. "She is passionate about helping others and is actively involved in a variety of efforts in her own community and beyond. Her consistent commitment is an inspiration to all who know her. Through her generosity, kindness and commitment to community service, Kelley has made an enormous impact on hundreds of individuals."

Quirk volunteers in many capacities for organizations in Vermont including Rutland Downtown Partnership, BROC, Paramount, Crowley Road Race and the "Stamp Out Hunger" program with the U.S. Postal Service.

The surprise award was presented to Quirk earlier this week.

"Kelley is always very willing to volunteer where help is needed," added Schmidt. "Whether it's modeling, wrapping presents, playing hostess for Santa and all the children visiting Santa, or motivating others to volunteer with her, she is passionate about helping others and is always there when the community needs her."

The Be Inspired Award honors volunteers who perform exemplary service in local communities. Nominations for the Be Inspired Award are made by colleagues.

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