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David Dorsey receives Touch-A-Life Award

WILLMAR -- David Dorsey of Willmar has received the Touch-A-Life Award from the Willmar Noon Kiwanis. Dorsey received the award Thursday morning during the 26th annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast.

This was the 32nd year of the Kiwanis award. The award was presented by the Rev. Dennis Hier.

He said Dorsey was among the first faculty and taught theater and directed plays at Ridgewater College (then known as Willmar Community College). Dorsey received the distinguished service award in the development of education and received an award for outstanding contribution to Willmar Community College, from 1962 to 1992.

Dorsey was involved with the Barn Theatre for more than 40 years as an actor, director and chairman of the board of directors.

He is active with The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Program and in 2003 received The Salvation Army Volunteer Award.

Dorsey directed the first United Way telethon in 1980-81 and was involved in United Way publicity for many years.

Dorsey was a football and basketball referee for 15 years, served as a radio sportscaster and announcer of high school and college sports for 30 years, and served as a judge of Minnesota State High School League state and district competitions for 10 years.

At St. Mary's Church, Dorsey served on the church council for three years and was a lector/reader for 30 years.