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Judy Sherry honored for efforts to curb gun violence

Judy Sherry, president of the Missouri Kansas Chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, received a prestigious AARP honor for her work.
Judy Sherry, president of the Missouri Kansas Chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, received a prestigious AARP honor for her work. .

Judy Sherry’s work to end gun violence has not gone unnoticed, and that’s a plus for the Kansas City area.

The president of the Missouri Kansas Chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence has won the 2014 AARP Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service. It is AARP’s most prestigious state volunteer award for community service, the association reports on its website.

Sherry is a founding member of the Kansas City area chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence. The organization was established in September 2013 as a chapter of the national group started after the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six educators were killed.

Groups like Grandmothers Against Gun Violence have pushed for sensible public policy on guns and more safety for children. State and national lawmakers, however, have mostly chosen to continue to liberalize gun laws.

The Kansas City chapter has more than 200 members. Sherry is an AARP member and has 33 years experience in advertising and communications in the Kansas City area. Judie Becker nominated Sherry for the AARP award, which she richly deserves.

Accompanying the honor is a check for Grandmothers Against Gun Violence to help the organization in its ongoing efforts to make this community safer.

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