Photo Caption: Virginia White (right) receives the first Virginia Hilbert Outstanding Volunteer Award from Deb Atkinson, past chair of the Sparrow Foundation's Women Working Wonders.
Virginia White of East Lansing has been honored as the first recipient of the Virginia Hilbert Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Sparrow Foundation's Women Working Wonders (W3).
White was lauded as integral in the shaping and development of W3, which was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to improving the health of mid-Michigan women.
Her award is named in honor of the late Virginia Hilbert, the entrepreneur, community leader and visionary who founded W3. The award will be given annually in recognition of Hilbert.
"The commitment of these two Virginias to W3 has played a significant role in transforming and saving lives of women in our region," said Deb Atkinson, past chair of W3. Patty Lloyd-Barnas is the organization's current chair.
Over the last 10 years, W3 has raised more than $1 million to support women's health in the community. The group has made countless grants to meet the health care needs of women in mid- Michigan, including $100,000 to obtain state-of-the-art Stereotactic breast biopsy machine at the Sparrow Breast Clinic.
W3 also sponsors the Sept. 9 W3 8K/5K/0K walk/run and the Dapper Dads Challenge.