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Sunny Chanthanouvong Receives 2013 Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Service

It has been a big year for the Lao Assistance Center, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary of serving the Lao in Minnesota. This month, their executive director, Sunny Chanthanouvong has been honored for his work with the community with a 2013 Virginia McKnight Binger Award in Human Service, a distinctive honor for the community. The McKnight Foundation recognizes up to six Minnesotans who demonstrated “an exceptional personal commitment to helping others in their communities but who have received little or no public recognition.” The awards were first presented in 1985, and named after Virginia McKnight Binger, who was the Foundation’s first board chair and the daughter of the founders. Mcknight Binger passed away in 2002, but the awards help the community remember her “enduring spirit of compassion, humility, and generosity.” The only other Lao Minnesotan to receive the award in its 28-year history so far was Kouthong Vixayvong in 1991, 22 years ago. The awards are given to recognize anyone “directly involved in providing human services, especially those working to make their communities more responsive to the …