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Paul Baur is the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Award

May 23, 2011

presented by the Wissahickon Faith Community Association

As reported in The Reporter:  “This year’s award winner chosen by the Wissahickon Faith Community Association award committee is Paul Baur, founder of Impact Thrift Stores located in Hatboro, Lansdale and East Norriton.

“Baur is very generous in making sure that agencies and charitable organizations are supported from profit from Impact’s stores,”  Quann said.

Sharon Wyse Miller, pastor of Ambler Mennonite Church and a member of the Wissahickon Faith Community Association’s MLK Jr. Award Commitee, said the committee believes Baur’s efforts are a gift to the community and reflect the values and model of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“We selected Paul Baur as the 2008 MLK Jr. Award recipient largely based on his role in creating and directing the work of Impact Thrift Stores through which many racial and socioeconomic divides are righted through donations to nonprofits in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs,” she said. “Many people in the Ambler area also shop and volunteer at the Lansdale Impact store.”

The award is given annually to an individual or organization with Martin Luther King Jr.‘s values of equality and justice. Baur, of North Wales, funds 13 charities in the local and Philadelphia area.

“I don’t individually feel worthy of the award, but I am glad Impact Thrift Store is getting recognition,” he said.