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Gary Varvel, Newspaper Hero

I attended the annual Shepherd Community banquet last week and got to see one of our local newspaper icons win an award.  Gary Varvel, editorial cartoonist with the Indianapolis Star, was given the H. Dean Evans Legacy Award for his ongoing community service efforts.  I’ve always enjoyed Gary’s cartoons in the local paper and I truly appreciate his perspective.

Gary is also a blogger and I encourage you to take a look at what he has to say.  You’ll find it’s a great resource for anyone interested in current events as well as aspiring illustrators.

Also, if you’re an Indianapolis resident and you’re looking for a great service organization to get involved with, I highly recommend you hook up with the folks at the Shepherd Community Center.  Take a look at the list of services they provide inner-city families.  There are plenty of ways you can help them accomplish their goals, whether it’s volunteering your time or sending them a donation.  I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of their staff over the past couple of years and I’ve found it to be an awesome organization.


Though the Shepherd Community Center does appear to be a giving, wonderful (and very Christian) organization, it should be noted that Mr. Varvel displays fervent conservative Republican viewpoints in his cartoons and editorials. For what it's worth...

Tom Britt

Welcome to Indiana Mr./Mrs. Anonymous. Good plug for the Shepherd Center, you are right, they do some great things for people. I've worked with them in the past and you need to pay them a visit if you think you are having a bad day. They take people with little or no hope and give them something that's invaluable.

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