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April 25, 2013

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The United Way Volunteer Center and Bright House Networks is proud to present the 26th Annual Outstanding Volunteers of the Year Awards luncheon. On April 25, 2013 from 11:00am-1:30pm, in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.

The event will honor the people who dedicated themselves-their time and their talents- to our community in 2012. By taking action, creating change and solving problems they have helped to change lives in Volusia-Flagler counties every day and exemplify what it means to LIVE UNITED!


Congrats to all of this year's nominees:

Nominees: Adult Volunteer

Nominee: Nominated by:

Sheryl Bell

Early Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties

Allison Bonilla

Building a Caring Community, Inc

Sheryl A. Cook

Easter Seals, Volusia and Flagler Counties

Mario A. Davis

B.A.S.I.C. Youth Mentoring Program

Donia Dewees

Burns Science & Technology Charter School

Rakinya Hinson

Daytona Beach Housing Development Corporation

Debbie Gormley

Haven Hospice

Lejaye "Liz" Howe

Domestic Abuse Council

Jim Morelewicz

Family Promise

Denise Munsch

T. DeWitt Taylor Middle-High School

Nancy Olson

Easter Seals, Volusia and Flagler Counties

Vonda Williams

Boys & Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler Counties

Nominees: Civic/Community Group


Nominated by:

Halifax Health Hospice Patient Kitchen Volunteers

Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler

The Junior League of Daytona Beach

Stewart Marchman Act Foundation

New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater Fire Department

Volusia County Schools

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3282

Cypress Creek Elementary

WyoTech -Students

Halifax Habitat for Humanity

Nominee: Corporate Group

Masco Contractor Services, nominated by Halifax Habitat for Humanity

Nominees: Faith Based Group


Nominated by:

DeLeon Springs United Methodist Church Volunteers

DeLeon Springs United Methodist Church

Family Promise Volunteers

Family Promise of Flagler County

Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church

United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties

Nominees: Family Group


Nominated by:

Dan & Liz Francati


Hank & Susan Ashby

Stewart Marchman Act Foundation

Tom & Donna Murray

Grand Haven Women's Club and City Repertory Theatre

Nominees: Senior Individuals


Nominated by:

John Brown

Council on Aging

Harold "Butch" Carrow

Southwest Volusia Habitat for Humanity

William "Bill" Ellis

Family Renew Community Thrift Store "The Secret Attic"

Mary Ann Jones

Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler

Agnes Lightfoot

Family Life Center

Gary Maris

The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia

Lloyd "Buz" McGee

Council on Aging

Dennis  Montgomery

Halifax Habitat for Humanity

Penny Pack

Cypress Creek Elementary School

Ray "Pug" Puglisi

Avenues 12- Women's Recovery Houses

Marion Rabin

The Arc of Volusia

Robert  Sheldon

Council on Aging

John P. Stark

Council on Aging

Ron Swanger

Children's Advocacy Center

William "Bill" Turner

Halifax Urban Ministries

Collette "Jill" Wheeler

Council on Aging

Ethel Yeomans

Council on Aging

Nominees: Youth Individual


Nominated by:

Lief Fox

Burns Science & Technology Charter School

Vivian Gjessing

Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler

Cody Conrad

Museum of Art & Sciences

Nominees: Youth Group


Nominated by:

Boys & Girls Clubs - Edgewater Unit

Boys & Girls Club of Volusia/Flagler Counties

New Smyna Beach High School Class of 2013

New Smyrna Beach High School

Old Kings Elementary School K-Kids

Old Kings Elementary School

Event Sponsors:
Special thanks to these sponsors who allow us to celebrate our Outstanding Volunteers!

We are still looking for more sponsors to help make this event a huge success!

Presenting Sponsor

Bright House Networks - Presenting Sponsor

 Special thanks to Bright House Networks as our presenting sponsor. 

Platinum Level Sponsors





Gold Level Sponsor


Publix - Gold Level Sponsor  James Moore

Silver Level Sponsors




Bronze Level Sponors

Consolidated Tomoka - Bronze Sponsor


mainstreet bank

Want to be a sponsor that helps to honor the outstanding volunteers of our community? 
Find out more or contact Diane Olsen in the Volunteer Center at (386) 366-9053 or e-mail dolsen@unitedwayvfc.org. We are always looking for more sponsors and in-kind donations to help this event be even more wonderful!

Door Prizes

When you attend the luncheon this year you could walk away with one of these great door prizes! Thanks so much to these companies for donating these prizes.

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
Kermitt’s Keylime Shoppe
WholeSale Lighting


Master of Ceremonies: Jim Payne, WESH 2 News
Entertainment: Duplicity by Pat D'Aguanno
Color Guard: TBA

Previous Year's Luncheons

We hope that you will join us this year in celebrating our outstanding volunteers.  This is always a heartwarming and fun event for all.  Check out the pictures from the past few years!

See a list of last year's nominees and winners!





Each nominee will be evaluated by a panel of involved citizens and community leaders based on the criteria listed below:

  • Nominee contributed a needed service to the community during the 2012 calendar year.
  • Involvement of the nominee was active, not figurehead.
  • Nominee initiated new programs or activities and/or used new methods to solve problems.
  • Amount of time devoted to the activity or service was significant.
  • Nominee overcame unusual challenges, such as limited resources or public perceptions of the problems.

The judging panel has the ultimate responsibility in determining the final selection of the award winners. Their determination is based on the following criteria:

Need - contributed to a needed service                      Action - active involvement
Initiative - created a solution, novelty desired           Achievement - accomplished results
Impact - produced change, provided example            Time - devoted significant amount of time
Challenge - met personal/external challenges

The United Way Volunteer Center and Bright House Networksdistribute service awards in eight different categories:

  • Youth under 18
  • Adult between 18 and 54
  • Senior 55 and older
  • Civic/Community Group
  • Corporate Group
  • Faith Based Group
  • Family
  • Youth Group

Individualized awards are presented, which may include the prestigious Presidential Volunteer Service award, based on completed service hours. All winners and runners-up are also forwarded to the Hands-On Network to be considered for the Daily Points of Light Awards program.


  • Typed nominations must be received no later than 5:00 PM ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013.
  • Nomination forms must be typed out completely. Any handwritten, incomplete or unsigned nomination form will be disqualified. Form submitted without requested photographs will also be disqualified.
  •  Nominations forms will only be accepted from non-profit/501c3 agencies, schools and governmental agencies. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Two different electronic photos of the nominee must accompany each nomination-emailed to dolsen@unitedwayvfc.org. Photos must be in the JPEG format. Please label each photograph with the nominee’s name. Please do not send the photos embedded into other programs or files. JPEG attachments are required.
  • Please do not submit any additional supplementary information, as it will not be considered.
  • Award considerations are based solely on service contributions to organizations during the 2012 calendar year. Please focus your responses on the volunteer’s service efforts in 2012.
  • Selection Committee decisions are final. Nomination forms become the property of the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties’ Volunteer Center.
  • An electronic version of this form can be downloaded from www.liveunitedinvolusiaflagler.org.

For information call the United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties’ Volunteer Center at (386) 366-9053. Send all completed entries to: dolsen@unitedwayvfc.org or fax 386-253-9517.

Please note that if you do fax in your nomination form, you are still required to email the two photographs of your nominee to dolsen@unitedwayvfc.org


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