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AARP Colorado Recognizes AW Schnellbacher

AW Schnellbacher has been selected by AARP to receive Colorado’s 2010 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service. This award symbolizes an individual’s power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

AARP Colorado selected Schnellbacher for his remarkable service and for the impact he’s had on the lives of others and on his community. Schnellbacher has served in a number of volunteer capacities for AARP Colorado. He has been on the Executive Council since 2009.

Schnellbacher’s 30-year career in government, specifically Medicare and Medicaid, prepared him for his position as an AARP legislative advocate. He represents AARP across the state and is known nationally. In a contentious political climate, AW retains respect from both sides of the aisle.

“AW has an incredible aptitude for facts, figures and all things health-care related,” said Kelli Fritts, AARP Colorado director of advocacy. “In addition to being a well-loved policy wonk, he also is one heck of a soccer watcher and fabulous grandfather.”

The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes members and volunteers who are significantly enhancing the lives of individuals age 50 and older. The award was formally presented to Schnellbacher at a recent ceremony.

“This award acts as a symbol to members and the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” said Morie Smile, AARP Colorado Senior Director. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”

Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members, improve the community in or for which the work was performed, and inspire others to volunteer.

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