Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks heroes filled Westmark Hotel’s Gold Room this week.

The annual Golden Heart Heroes luncheon recognizes and honors volunteers who strengthen the community by providing service for others, with no paycheck attached.

The luncheon, hosted by Flint Hills Resources, is an opportunity for the community to honor these volunteers and a chance for volunteers themselves to meet their peers.

Volunteers attended from dozens of nonprofit programs, all with different purposes, whether helping the homeless, literacy or youths in so many different ways.

“Service changes your perspective,’” said Geoff Welch, who spoke at the podium. “It changes you at the same time.”

Volunteering provides hope for many, he added.

The intent of the luncheon is to honor the volunteers, encourage volunteering, connect people and agencies and to promote a culture of gratitude.

The luncheon was an opportunity to publicly recognize Dr. Michael Fitch, owner of Concierge Medicine. Corliss Taylor, education manager at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, presented Fitch with an award for excellence in public health. The award recognizes his individual commitment to the community and to creativity and innovation.

Concierge Medicine brings affordable care from the traditional doctor office, to your home, office, work site or hotel.

Contact community editor and columnist Kris Capps at, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.