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MARICOPA — The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension serving Pima and Pinal counties has been named one of 10 honorees in the 2019 Heart in Hand Awards by Wildfire, formerly the Arizona Community Action Association.

The award recognizes groups and individuals for their efforts in the battle against poverty. The awards were presented at the 2019 Wildfire Statewide Conference at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort & Casino.

“The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension demonstrates outstanding leadership in addressing the issues of hunger in Pima and Pinal counties and in developing programs that promote strong families,” a press release from program organizers said.

Other honorees at the event represented organizations from across the state.

The two-day conference, under the theme “Wildfire: Igniting Community Action to End Poverty in Arizona,” also recognized Betsy Bolding with the Margie Frost Champion Against Poverty Award.

“Our Heart in Hand honorees truly reflect our expanding mission to ignite lasting change in communities across Arizona,” said Wildfire Executive Director Cynthia Zwick. “These folks are making a difference every day in their communities without fanfare and often without acknowledgment. They are motivated only by their desire to do what’s right and to offer a helping hand.”

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