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Access Press - Minnesota's Disability Community Newspaper

The Charlie Smith Award

What is the Charlie Smith Award?

The Charlie Smith Award is named in honor of the late Charlie Smith, founding editor of Access Press. This annual awards ceremony has been held since 2003, offering an opportunity to bring many individuals and organizations together celebrate accomplishments within Minnesota’s disability community-as well as an opportunity to discuss the community’s future goals and needs.

Our 2017 Charlie Smith Award winner is Mark Braun!

Previous Winners of the Charlie Smith Award:
2016 – Cliff Poetz, Institute on Community Integration
2015 – Jessalyn Akerman-Frank, Minnesota Commission for Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing
2014 – Christine Marble & Wendy Devore,  CareerVentures
2013 – Cal Appleby, Augsburg College
2012 – Charles “Chuck” Van Heuveln, St. Paul School District
2011 – Jeff Bangsberg, MN Department of Health
2010 – Steve Kuntz, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
2009 – Anne Henry, Minnesota Disability Law Center
2008 – Pete Feigal, Co-Founder of Tilting at Windmills
2007 – Jim and Claudia Carlisle, People Enhancing People
2006 – John Smith, University of Minnesota
2005 – Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MN-CCD)
2004 – Rick Cardenas, Co-Director of Advocating Change Together (ACT)
2003 – Margot Imdieke Cross, Minnesota State Council on Disability

Our 2017 Sponsors. Many thanks for your support!

Part of our annual event is the silent auction fundraiser. We’re now taking donations for this year’s special event, and would be delighted for any donations.  Please contact Dawn, the office manager at (651) 644-2133, or by email at, if you have anything to donate.  Thanks for the support!

For reservations BEFORE SEPT 1st:
$45 per person or $325 for an 8-person table (save $35) in advance.

Reservations beginning September 1st:
$50 per person or $350 for an 8-person table.

There are several ways to register:
1. You can do it online
2. Mail your check(s) to: Access Press, Attn: Dawn, 161 St. Anthony Ave Ste 910, St. Paul, 55103.
3. Call the office and do the transaction over the phone.  (651) 644-2133

Doors Open at 5:30 pm
Silent Auction begins at 5:30
Sit-down dinner & award ceremony at 7:00 pm

FOOD CHOICES- ____New York Steak  ____Wild Rice & Mascarpone Stuffed Chicken ___ Gnocchi (Vegetarian)

This year there will be a Silent Auction & Raffle Fundraiser, and more!

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