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Huffmans, Sauter to be honored by Leadership UA

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A couple who have served as pillars of the local community and a father who worked to provide girls with opportunities to compete on the playing field will be honored this month by Leadership UA.

Huffman's Market owners Tim and Glenda Huffman will receive the 2014 Margine Moul Award at Leadership UA's annual graduation and awards ceremony April 24 at Scioto Country Club.

Lou Sauter, who helped establish the Upper Arlington Travel Softball Association, will receive the organization's 2014 Service to Youth Award.

"These are annual awards that Leadership UA has been giving for many years," said Marianne Mitchell, president of the Leadership UA board of directors. "Our goal is to inspire and connect with current and emerging leaders in Upper Arlington.

"We also just want to say, 'thank you' and recognize what people have done."

Established in 1988, Leadership UA provides programs designed to strengthen leadership skills within the community, broaden understanding of local issues and connect participants with others in the community.

Each year, the organization provides classes for adults and youths in which participants complete projects to fulfill a need in the community.

Class participation culminates with the annual graduation ceremony at which Leadership UA provides recognition for community contributions via the Margine Moul and Service to Youth awards.

The Margine Moul Award is named after Leadership UA's first executive director, who served in that capacity for six years. It recognizes individuals who demonstrate "exceptional devotion to our community, a vision regarding the community's needs and the empowerment of others within our community," according to Leadership UA.

"Living their lives with a constant smile, Tim and Glenda (Huffman) find light and laughter, no matter the circumstance," Leadership UA stated in a press release announcing the award. "Often the laughter comes from their rather crazy costumes. No matter the time or place, the Huffmans bring joy to whatever room they enter. Their outgoing and spontaneous love of life creates enthusiasm within everyone they meet.

"Their leadership goes beyond making others laugh. Giving of their time and treasure to support Upper Arlington community groups they embody the essence of what it means to be a good neighbor."

Mitchell noted the Huffmans provided ice to Upper Arlington residents following a 2012 windstorm that knocked out power for days. She said the couple also supports countless events in the community and is especially generous to Upper Arlington schools.

As for Sauter, he is the father of Demi Sauter, a sixth-grader who loves fast-pitch softball.

According to Leadership UA, the elder Sauter saw a need for more softball training for local girls and collaborated with Upper Arlington Bear Club Softball and Upper Arlington schools to establish the Upper Arlington Travel Softball Association, which now has five travel teams for girls 8 to 14 years old.

"As the leader, Lou steps into whatever role is currently needed to the keep the program moving forward," Leadership UA stated in a press release. "When the girls needed coaching, Lou trained himself to coach through instructional videos. Then Lou recruited over 25 parents to assist in coaching the teams.

"If girls need a ride home, Lou is there. If they need funding for fees or overnight stays, Lou is there. When the association needs funding, Lou is there."

Mitchell said the association raised more than $30,000 from the inaugural Grand Slam Gala, a fundraiser Sauter created. She added that he established "The Cave," an indoor training facility for girls' softball in Grandview.

The Leadership UA graduation and awards ceremony will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at Scioto Country Club. Tickets cost $50 per person and are available through Leadership UA Executive Director Mary Ellen Hatch at 614-481-3278.

All proceeds from the event will support Leadership UA. Additional information is available online at leadershipua.org, or send an email to info@leadershipua.org.

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