Mary Jo Starck received the annual Sarajane Beal Award for Volunteer Excellence at the January meeting of the Board of Directors. Mary Jo served on Page Ahead’s Board until 2005 and is still active as a volunteer. Mary Jo is also quite involved in her community on Mercer Island as a parent, speech pathologist, and volunteer. Her ability to work hard, commitment to living a balanced life, and dedication to improving the lives of others is inspiring. During her Board tenure Mary Jo spearheaded the effort to create our signature fundraising event, A Taste for Reading. The fundraising goals have been surpassed by at least 10% each year it has been held. The 2006 event was held at the Triple Door in downtown Seattle.