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Hastings volunteers earn Star of the North Awards

Dr. Steve Humbert is pictured with U.S. Rep. John Kline. (Submitted photo)

A Hastings dentist, musician festival organizers, organizers of care packages and high school students who held a successful food drive last fall were Hastings volunteer recipients of the Star of the North awards presented by U.S. Rep. John Kline last month.

Honored were Dr. Steve Humbert of Hastings Dental Associates; Hastings Music Festival organizers Andy Lucking, Kevin Sieben and Gordy Pearson; Catholic United Financial, which coordinated the Gather4Good event at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church; and the Hastings Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Since 2008, Humbert has led 14 dental teams to Antigua, Guatemala, to treat the poor and indigenous population of Antigua, San Rafael and surrounding communities through Common Hope.

Humbert became part of the University of Minnesota adjunct faculty in 2007 and has since encouraged the University of Minnesota Dental School to enter into an affiliated agreement to have University of Minnesota junior and senior dental students provide dental services to the affiliated families of Common Hope at their Antigua and San Rafael sites in Guatemala where Humbert is the primary faculty supervisor.

Humbert along with his wife Lynn, began sponsoring children in Guatemala in 1993. Currently, they are sponsoring two children.

In Minnesota, Humbert helps out at Union Gospel Mission Dental Clinic one evening per month.

The Hastings Music Festival began five years ago as a fundraiser to support Hastings Family Service. Last year’s “Rock It Forward” event brought a talented lineup of musicians to Hastings. Since its founding, the event has raised nearly $40,000.

In just three years the Gather4Good volunteers have assembled 9,400 care kits. More than 250 volunteers helped pack 2,500 personal care packages which were given to Hastings Family Service, the Lewis House and Hastings TotalLife Care. Coordinators are Kathleen Moriarty, Nate Lamusga and Stacie Suedkamp.

The National Honor Society holds an annual Halloween food drive for Hastings Family Service. This past year, the group collected more than 3,000 pounds of food and $111.The students created a new system of reorganized routes and pre-delivered bags for donors which allowed for successful event. The 39 students on the National Honor Society enjoyed making substantial impact in their community.

National Honor Society officers are Amanda Pass, Steven Roach, Abbey Gullicks and Courtney Ommen. Advisors are Cindy Oppold and Laura Zabel.