Wheatland Electric, Inc. employee Bryan Mulligan recently was selected as a recipient of the Kansas Power and Hope award.

The newly established award was created by the Kansas Touchstone Energy Executive Council to highlight cooperative employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their communities. Based on the national program of the same name, established by Touchstone Energy, the Kansas Power and Hope award recognizes individuals who routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.

Nomination applications for the Kansas Power and Hope were reviewed by the Kansas Touchstone Energy Executive Council at their Nov. 19 business meeting. The council selected Mulligan as one of two inaugural recipients of the Power and Hope award, citing:

Bryan Mulligan was part of a relief effort that assisted the tornado victims of Moore, Okla., last May. Mulligan was part of a team of volunteers who traveled to Oklahoma to join Operation BBQ Relief. Before heading to Moore to join the relief effort, Mulligan and his team spent a day gathering up donations. The team left Scott City stocked with more than 3,000 pounds of meat donated from local feed yards, nearly a pallet of bottled water donated by Wheatland Electric and other supplies, as well as $5,000 in donations from the community..

The KEC plans to recognize and present Mulligan with the award at its annual meeting on Jan. 27, 2014, at the Maner Conference Center in Topeka. As part of the award, the Kansas Touchstone Energy Executive Council will make a $500 donation in Mulligan's name to a charity of his choosing.