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Lansing construction firms, Okemos couple earn awards

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April 25, 2014                                                       517-628-2287 or

Lansing construction firms, Okemos couple earn awards

Lansing’s Christman Constructors and Douglas Steel Fabricating Corp. will share Highfields Inc.’s 2014 annual Partnership Award, while Larry Parker of the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association and his wife, Candy, will earn the organization’s 2014 Robert Drake Citizenship award.  The awards will be given at Highfields’ annual meeting to be held Wednesday, April 30, in East Lansing.

“Highfields is extremely fortunate in the corporate and leadership support it enjoys,” says Brian Philson, Highfields’ CEO.  “This year we honor two firms that work closely together providing in-kind services for Highfields’ infrastructure needs.  We also honor a longtime Highfields ambassador and business executive whose support spans more than 25 years.”

Over several decades, Christman Constructors and Douglas Steel have built and renovated buildings, bridges and other structures throughout Highfields’ Onondaga campus and other facilities.  Both companies have also lent executives to serve on the organization’s board of directors for several decades. The Partnership Award is given annually to an organization that helps Highfields fulfill its mission of strengthening the lives of children and families.  Past recipients include General Motors Corp., the Granger Foundation and Delta Dental.

Larry Parker, program development director at the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association, and Candy Parker earned the 2014 Robert Drake Citizenship Award for their nearly 25 years of service and ambassadorship of Highfields’ programs.  

“Rarely has there been a Highfields event in the past 25 years that Larry and Candy Parker have not attended or supported in some way,” Philson says.   “As a former board member who served two six-year terms, Larry’s leadership and special commitment is a model for others who have followed him.”  The award recognizes individuals who exemplify the philosophy of bringing many people together to create or improve a significant service for children and families.  Past recipients of the Citizenship Award include Kellie Dean, Duane Vernon, Derwood Boyd, Andy Sheets and RE Olds Anderson.

Approximately 100 current and former board members are expected to gather for the annual meeting, which will commence at 5:30 at Walnut Hills Country Club in East Lansing.

Founded in 1962, Highfields Inc. is a non-profit organization in its 52th year of providing home-based counseling, residential care, experiential education and support programs for families, youth and communities throughout mid-Michigan.

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