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Youth Service Bureau honors Mullen

Annette Mullen, Grey Cloud Island Township, is a gardener who has put her expertise to work for the Youth Service Bureau, Cottage Grove.

YSB recently recognized Mullen for her work on the South Washington County Garden Tour, one of the Bureau's largest fundraising events of the year. Myra Peterson, a former award recipient and a founder of the Tour, presented Mullen with YSB's Service to Youth Award.

For the past six years, Mullen spearheaded the sponsorships for the tour. Her garden was featured on the 2001 Garden Tour. During the event her grandchildren raised funds for the YSB by selling lemonade to thirsty visitors. Not to be outdone by the younger crowd, Mullen took on the assignment to increase sponsorships for the tour.

Under Mullen's leadership, the number of sponsors for the garden tour grew from eight sponsors in 2001 to 20 sponsors by 2007. The tour now contributes $10,000 a year to support YSB's youth-focused family counseling and community justice programs.

The 2008 South Washington County Garden Tour will take place on Sunday, June 29. Ten to 12 local gardens and ponds -- including a visit to the Mullens -- will be featured. To help with this year's tour, call YSB at (651) 458-5224.