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Dave Bevington receives MVNU Zelkowitz Award for service

FFTHDecember 14, 2013

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - Mount Vernon Nazarene University, proud community partner for the Food for The Hungry (FFTH) drive, presented the 2013 Zelkowitz Memorial Award to Dave Bevington on Saturday, Dec. 14, at City Hall during the annual FFTH live broadcast.

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For 32 years, Knox County's Food for The Hungry has grown and thrived because of the efforts of many volunteers who give their time and talent to support Interchurch and The Salvation Army, local agencies who support community members in their time of need.

In 1995, MVNU launched the Zelkowitz Memorial Award to honor one of the drive's early leaders, the late Stephen Zelkowitz, owner of WMVO/WQIO and Mt. Vernon Cablevision. The award recognizes Knox County residents who have made community service a priority in their lives.

This year's recipient has a long track record of service to Food For The Hungry, the Mount Vernon community and our country. Bevington is a Knox County native who graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1966. He attended Judson College before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1969. After serving in South Vietnam, Bevington returned to Knox County in 1971 to begin working at WMVO Radio.

Bevington's work at WMVO and its sister stations over 40 years has included serving as news and sports director, broadcasting numerous high school and college games, and hosting talk shows focused on local issues and sports. Dave's Friday night football show, "Sports Roundtable Plus," resulted in him receiving the Ohio High School Athletic Association Central District Media Service Award in both 2004 and 2010.

Bevington has worked as part of the Food For The Hungry campaign in a variety of roles since it started in 1982. He also has coached youth baseball in Mount Vernon for many years. He received the Exchange Club's Golden Deeds Award earlier this year.

Bevington and his wife, Reecalee, have been married for 41 years. They have two grown children and six grandchildren. Bevington currently serves as Office Manager at the Knox County Veteran's Service Office, but continues to broadcast his Friday night show during the fall.

"We are thrilled to honor Dave with this year's Zelkowitz award," said Joe Rinehart, MVNU's Director of Broadcasting and FFTH Board president. "Dave's focus on the community continued WMVO's legacy of service which began with Helen Zelkowitz in the 1950's. His recent transition to serve our local veterans is another example of how he combines work and service. Dave is a mentor, a friend and continues to make a difference in people's lives each day."

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 29 states and 12 countries/U.S. territories.

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