On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the Tallahassee Democrat hosted their thirty-eighth annual Volunteers of the Year Awards luncheon at the FSU University Center Club ballroom. The Volunteers of the Year Awards recognize "people and organizations who volunteer their time and effort to make our community great."
This year, we are proud to have seven volunteers and staff in two categories among the nominees acknowledged for their public service in the Big Bend region.
- Professional Volunteer Coordinator
- Kimberly Nester
- Social/Civic Services
- Sara Blumenthal
- Kathleen Cole
- Jane and Patrick Dallet
- Krista Killius
- Elizabeth "Betsy" Purdum
The Professional Volunteer Coordinator category is for "paid professionals employed to promote volunteerism within the nonprofit sector" and the Social/Civic Services category is for "a person that encourages growth in the community as a whole by acting and advocating for societal causes, such as, but not limited to, citizenship, legal affairs or animal/environmental concerns."
In addition to her nomination in the Professional Volunteer Coordinator category, Kimberly Nester was also selected as one of the three nominee finalists. She ultimately received an "Honorable Mention" award.
Congratulations to Kim and all of our amazing nominees!