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March 2, 2011
By Nichole Beckman, media relations assistant
MARYVILLE, Mo. - A recognizable face in the Maryville community and author Fred Mares will be the featured speaker for the spring Ploghoft Diversity Lecture at Northwest Missouri State University.
The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Known as the Maryville Hy-Vee greeter for 10 years, Mares is an encourager who has accomplished amazing things in the community, said Carol Tjeerdsma, instructor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Mares will discuss some of his accomplishments and the personal connections he's made, in addition to sharing his piano and guitar abilities.
"Fred is a true humanitarian and he cares about the needs of others before himself," Tjeerdsma said. "He is more than just Fred the Hy-Vee greeter, and many don't know of the things he's done or does for the Maryville community."
Mares wrote and published the book "Dear Coach: The Ryland Milner Story," a biography of the legendary Northwest coach and athletic director. All proceeds from the book continue to go to the Ryland Milner Scholarship Fund at Northwest.
Mares also was the founding member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a recipient of the Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service Award. A committed participant of the Nodaway County Relay for Life and an American Cancer Society Award recipient, Mares' dedication to the Maryville community was recognized when Maryville Mayor Chad Jackson proclaimed Oct. 15, 2010, as Fred Mares Day.
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