HNH Foundation Announces Winner of the 2016 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award at Annual Event

Krystal Alpers 2016 Legacy Award

Photo caption (left to right): HNH Foundation President Gail Garceau and Former President Sandi Van Scoyoc recently presented the $2500 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award to Krystal Alpers (Franklin) for her work in improving the health of children.  Joining her at the event were Melissa Lee, Greater Franklin HEAL Coordinator, and Ken Merrifield, Mayor of Franklin.

The HNH Foundation has announced that Krystal Alpers, Parks and Recreation Director in Franklin, NH, is the winner of the 2016 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award.

The Legacy Award’s annual prize of $2500 is presented to a New Hampshire organization or an individual who exemplifies the Foundation’s founding President’s commitment to improving the health and wellness of New Hampshire’s children and families.

Krystal Alpers was nominated for the award by Melissa Lee, Greater Franklin HEAL Co-Coordinator, who cited Krystal’s “tireless work to enhance the health and well-being of the families of Franklin, whether it’s organizing community projects to improve the beauty and safety of our playgrounds and parks, or advocating for healthy meal options for our kids.”  

According to Lee’s  nomination, Krystal has been instrumental in launching and implementing many projects in the Franklin area:  leading the Odell Park Centennial Project to beautify and increase safety and appeal of the park; implementing the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Childcare; initiating a Harvest Box at the Bessie Rowell Community Center to provide families a place to leave and take free produce donated from area community and home gardens; co-leading the Franklin Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Coalition; and establishing gardens that are used by the childcare center and Head Start. 

In presenting the award, HNH Foundation President Gail Garceau stated, “We are honored to recognize Krystal Alpers, who exemplifies the spirit and intent of the Legacy Award. We are recognizing someone who is doing the hard work on the ground, and supporting neighbors and her community in new and innovative ways.”

According to Krystal, “Franklin has many initiatives underway to increase access to healthy foods and to get families physically active.  I want to thank the HNH Foundation as well as Franklin’s elected officials and city administration. Together, we can be true champions for our children.”