Niagara Gazette


January 15, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration honors those that serve community

Niagara Gazette — Sister Beth Brosmer, director of Heart, Love and Soul Food Pantry, has been following the example of St. Francis for 50 years, putting the lives of others ahead of her own. To her, it's second nature.

Now it's earned her selection as this year's Civil Rights Achievement Award recipient at this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration, which kicks off at 6 p.m. tonight in the performing arts center of Niagara Falls High School, 4455 Porter Road.

Make no mistakes, though, she said. Her service isn't meant to pull in the accolades.

"I'm quite humbled by (the recognition)," she said. "I had no idea until I was contacted by the school district. I'm touched they've chosen to honor me in this way because I feel what i'm doing is what i'm supposed to be doing and I'm not supposed to be getting honored for it."

Brosmer will be joined by fellow honorees Matthew and Yvonne Davis of The Lord's Day Dinner, who'll together accept the Spirit of Dr. King Award, and high school senior Shaun Jenkins, who is set to be named the Youth Civil Rights Achievement Award recipient.

Much of the awards ceremony will be spent honoring people who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for others besides themselves. Brosmer even credited the Davis clan and their inspired work feeding those less fortunate on the major holidays. She said their work keeps her pantry closed on those days, while their volunteers help out.

Her work has provided her with an opportunity to find out more about herself, while taking an active role in doing the mission she's set out to accomplish since joining the Sisters of St. Francis.

"I feel as if I find the very best of myself and the very worst of myself," she said. "Those things are blessings because I can learn from them. And it gives me the opportunity to be with people of all walks of life ... and allows me the opportunity to accompany people at very difficult junctures of their lives."

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