LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Leaders in our community making positive changes across different religions were honored Wednesday.

Father Robert Cook, Jane Steingraeber, and Tom Hundt are this year's Iverson Freking award recipients. They were honored at an annual banquet Wednesday.

The award is given to people who respect others, no matter their beliefs, and work hard to improve the community we live in.

"If people see other people reaching out in a friendly manner to people of other faiths, they will benefit and find the benefits of that themselves," said Father Robert.

"I think they just need to see where their heart takes them. You don't have to be a full time volunteer to be able to do something that is meaningful," said Steingraeber.

Hundt said, "We're put here to learn, to share, to love, and to give of ourselves."

A total of 62 people have been honored since the award began.