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Week of Warmth 2021 Awardees

Alice Parker Award

Rory Gamble

Past President, International Union – United Auto Workers

Presented annually to a pioneer who has paved the way for others in the community through innovation, legislation, or by having the courage to do what others said could not be done. In the early 20th century, Alice H. Parker graduated with honors from Howard University when few African Americans were attending college, let alone African American women. Alice Parker received the first patent for a forced-air heating system. Her novel, natural gas-fueled heating system gave birth to the familiar forced air furnaces that heat most homes today and replaced standard wood-burning fireplaces.

Warm Hearts Award

Laurence H. Baker, DO

The Warm Hearts Award recognizes an individual who is a true community advocate or distinguished volunteer. A warm heart always finds its way to serve those in need. Recipients have hearts for service and are dedicated to supporting THAW.

The Power Force Award

Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

The Power Force Award is dedicated to an individual, corporation, or Foundation that uses its resources for the good of others. Recipients make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families THAW serves.