Monday, July 6, 2020
Dave Vandergon, community director for Koda Living, presents Mary Cronin, left, of Medford with the Live United Award during the halftime of Friday night’s football game in Medford. The United Way of Steele County gives out the annual award.

Mary Cronin earns Live United Award

Mary Cronin was honored at halftime of the Medford and Bethlehem Academy football game on Friday when she was presented with the Live United Award from the United Way of Steele County. 

Cronin, a longtime Medford resident, said she was shocked when she first learned she had earned the accolade.

“This award isn’t just for me” she said. “It’s for all the people who have helped whether is monetary, physically or just being supportive.”

Cronin said she remembers five years ago when Medford Mayor Lois Nelson was honored with the award.

“When they told me that I had won the award I was humbled and surprised,” she said. “It was a big deal for me.”

Criteria for the award includes some that makes an impact in their community, thinks of others before themselves, creates opportunity for those in need, inspires hope, opens their heart, uses their voice and lends their muscles to make a difference.

Cronin has stayed busy through the years. She a member of the American Association of University Women [AAUW], United Way of Steele County’s Women’s Leadership Council, the Kiwanis Club, Medford Elementary Parents’ Association, District Advisory Committee, Education Foundation, Medford Civic Club and many more.

However, Cronin said her proudest accomplishment is being a wife and mother and her reason for volunteering is almost selfish.

“When you volunteer for something you are passionate about, you work with a bunch of other people who are also passionate,” she said. “You meet so many awesome people. A lot of people think you have to work by yourself, but you don’t. There are wonderful opportunities to help out by doing things that you are interested in.”

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