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Celebrating Community: Drs. Wassenaar, Frutiger Receive Service Award

The Community Service Award recognizes non-graduates whose activities within Gratiot County positively affect the overall quality of the greater community.

From left: Dr. Richard Frutiger, Dr. Sara Wassenaar, Alma College President Jeff Abernathy.From left: Dr. Richard Frutiger, Dr. Sara Wassenaar, Alma College President Jeff Abernathy.

Long-time Alma dentists Sara Wassenaar and Richard Frutiger are the 2017 recipients of the Alma College Community Service Award, given annually to non-Alma College graduates whose activities within Gratiot County positively affect the overall quality of the greater community.

“Drs. Sara Wassenaar and Richard Frutiger share a commitment to serving the local and surrounding community in the areas of health, education and volunteerism,” says Jeff Abernathy, president of Alma College. “We acknowledge their leadership and service and are deeply grateful for their dedication to the community.”

The husband-and-wife dentists have been active in the Alma community for more than 30 years. They are involved with the National Blood Clot Alliance, sponsoring the “Anna’s Team” fundraiser at the Highland Festival. They also have served as co-chairs of the local United Way Campaign and have participated in the annual food drive for the Gratiot County Food Network.

Dr. Wassenaar is a past board member of the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce and Alma Downtown Development Authority and also has been involved with the Women’s Resource Center and Keep Alma Beautiful Inc. Dr. Frutiger is active in the Alma-St. Louis Rotary International and participates in many community activities.

In addition, both are active in their professions and have affiliations with the American Dental Association, Michigan Dental Association, Ninth District Dental Association and the Francis B. Vedder Society of Crown and Bridge.

The couple was honored publicly prior to the Alma College Dance performance on Friday, Nov. 10 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall.

Story published on October 25, 2017