A teenager described as “a fixture in our community for her compassion and drive” received the city’s MoorHeart Award at Monday’s meeting of the Moorhead City Council.
Addison Loerzel, a student at Moorhead High School, was nominated by Rhiannon Walstrom. The young woman has created several philanthropic projects that have had an impact on young people in the community. The best known is her annual summer event, “Addie’s Royal Cupcake Stand,” that – staffed by costumed princesses – has raised $80,000 for the Sunshine Foundation since 2013; proceeds have been used to make dreams come true for 11 children from Minnesota and North Dakota.
She established Backpack Blessings, a project for Global Youth Service Day, which gathered and distributed 150 backpacks filled with essentials to youth at the Gladys Ray Shelter and Churches United. She has visited classrooms to talk about kindness and community service, and testified before the Minnesota Legislature on phasing out the subminimum wage for workers with disabilities. Addie is the current Miss Minnesota Teen Young Women of Service.
As her nomination stated, “Not only is Addie a role model for area youth, but she is a role model for all of us! She does so many things that make our community a better place and is very deserving of this award.”
MoorHeart Award recipients are chosen each month by a panel of volunteers from city boards and commissions. It recognizes residents who go above and beyond to demonstrate community by their actions and service, large and small. Information on nominating individuals and organizations for the award, go to www.cityofmoorhead.com and search for “MoorHeart.”