AT&T Honors Royal Palm Beach’s Peggy Jupp For Volunteer Service

AT&T recently honored 13 of its Palm Beach County employees with the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA).

Among the honorees were Peggy Jupp of Royal Palm Beach. She was honored with the Gold PVSA for more than 500 hours of volunteer service. It is the third consecutive year that Jupp has been honored with a PVSA for her community outreach.

The PVSA gives recognition to U.S. citizens who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service each year.

Jupp has been a longtime supporter of the American Cancer Society. While she has never battled cancer herself, her life has been touched by it repeatedly. She lost her father first to lung cancer, then her mother to throat cancer, and her mother-in-law to spine and brain cancer. Her father-in-law is a three-time cancer survivor. She’s also lost other family members, friends and co-workers to the disease.

Experiencing such loss is what has fueled Jupp’s passion and determination to raise funds for the American Cancer Society through the annual West Palm Beach Relay For Life. Over past few years, she has raised nearly $30,000 for the cause and chaired this year’s West Palm Beach event.

Jupp challenged her team to help her raise $10,000 for the 2012 Relay for Life, with a promise to shave her head if they did. She said she has never been prouder than the day she walked away from the event a bald woman.

More than 180 AT&T employees in Florida and 4,000-plus nationwide received the PVSA this year for their volunteer service in 2013.

AT&T employee and retiree volunteers donated more than 410,000 hours in Florida, and more than 5.8 million hours nationwide in 2012.

The PVSA achievement is a way to inspire others to contribute to their communities through volunteer service and to make volunteer service a central part of their lives.

“People matter — to each other, to our communities and to our company,” AT&T Florida President Joe York said. “This has been one of our core beliefs since AT&T was founded. We’re proud of our employees for investing their time in our communities to make a difference.”