Community Foundation honors 79 Unsung Heroes

Community Foundation honors 79 Unsung Heroes

On Friday, Jan. 20, The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys (CFFK) held its Unsung Hero/Volunteer of the Year Awards for 2011 at the annual luncheon held at the Casa Marina Resort in Key West. In its 11th year, this annual event brought together over 330 people from the nonprofit and philanthropic community to honor those who have answered the call of volunteerism and made valuable contributions to their respective groups throughout the year. Nearly 80 Monroe County nonprofits proudly put forth their Unsung Hero/Volunteer of the Year who received certificates of recognition presented by CFFK President and CEO Dianna Sutton.

“The Community Foundation is very proud to sponsor this annual event,” says Dianna Sutton, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. “Our lives and the quality of life in the Keys are greatly enhanced by the nonprofit community and the generous nature of the people of Monroe County.”

Established in 1996, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys is making Key West and the Florida Keys a better place to live now and in the future by encouraging philanthropy and matching these acts of caring to the community needs. CFFK convenes and empowers people to make effective investments in our community through philanthropy. Since 1996, CFFK has granted more than $14 million to the community from its donor advised and unrestricted funds to support the important work of our local nonprofit organizations. For more information on our Community Foundation, contact the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys at [email protected] or call (305) 292-1502.

  1. Domestic Abuse Shelter: Larry Kahn
  2. Key West Art & Historical Society: Ellen Engelson
  3. Key West Writer’s Guild: Diana Reif
  4. Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens: Michael Marrero
  5. Florida Keys Outreach Coalition: Niels Hubbell
  6. American Legion Auxiliary #168: Marcia Sweeting Somersall
  7. The Studios of Key West: Jane Grannis
  8. Boys & Girls Clubs of The Keys Area: Suzanne Sullivan
  9. Key West Garden Club: Mary Sandusky
  10. Friends of the Aids Memorial: Clayton Lopez

    David Miller and his wife, Donamae Szepesi, volunteer with Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program, which helps income-qualified homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes. Habitat is grateful to David for selflessly giving his time and construction skills. He puts his faith into action.

  11. Tropic Cinema: Ian Brockway
  12. Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition: Dr. George Peterson
  13. USGCG Ingram Memorial Museum: Southernmost Chiefs Association
  14. Key West Pops: Jeffrey Grosky
  15. Southernmost Homeless Assistance League: Mayor Craig Cates
  16. American Cancer Society: Josie Koler
  17. Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe: Alan Eckstein
  18. Navy League Key West: Carolyn Williams
  19. Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower FL Keys: David Miller
  20. I Believe Foundation: Rev. R.J. Starr
  21. Canon John H. Reece Scholarship Fund: Darlene Bennett
  22. Old Island Restoration Foundation: Bill Beck
  23. Key West Botanical Garden Society: Susie Reutling
  24. Key West Woman’s Club: Ann Eid
  25. Friends of the Key West Library: Jane Dawkins
  26. Historic Florida Keys Foundation: Laura Dockery
  27. Good Health Clinic: Dr. Leslie Safer
  28. KWCA/Impromptu Classical Concerts: Ruth Anne & Jon Davis
  29. Unity of the Keys Spiritual Center: Naomi Hazeltine
  30. Helpline: Clinton Barras
  31. Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys: Gale Killion
  32. Trophia Butterfly Foundation: Richard Stephens
  33. Last Stand: Tina Henize

    Maureen, a Speech/Language Pathologist and Interpreter is Secretary of the Heron-Peacock Board of Directors, where her contributions are considerable. She has volunteered for the Jail Recidivism Task Force; Key West NAMI; Easter Seals; Keys Chorale; Florida Keys Deaf Services; Take Stock in Children; the Garden Club and Team Ocean. She is an important part of Heron-Peacock and an asset to our community.

  34. Habitat For Humanity of the Upper Keys: Dan McAfee
  35. Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the FL Keys: Rosemary Hymes
  36. Heron-Peacock Supported Living: Maurene Freedman
  37.  Westcare Guidance/Care Center: Marjorie Mearns
  38. Hemingway Look-A-Like Society: Patti Carey
  39. FKCC Foundation: M. Pat Miller
  40. Conch Life Scramble: Lee Christine Young
  41. Metropolitan Community Church: Joan Higgs
  42. Zonta of Key West: Amber Shaffer
  43. Pete Rosin Scholarship Fund: Joan Walters
  44. Save Our Pines: Ed Reilly
  45. Aids Help: Joey Schroeder
  46. Montessori Children’s School: Eva Hamilton
  47. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Key West: Clifford Saylor
  48. Wesley House Family Services: Kirsti Madeo & Pat Madiedo
  49. Sigsbee Charter School: Ron Demes
  50. Be the Change of the Florida Keys: Mark Todaro
  51. Womankind: Dr. Kris Bly
  52. Samuel’s House: Violet Montero
  53. REEF Environmental Education Foundation: Nancy Perez
  54. Sister Season Fund: Surrey Westrupp
  55. Literacy Volunteers: Maria Triana

    Maria Triana came to our organization 20 years ago as a student knowing no English. Today Maria is Middle Keys Coordinator for Literacy Volunteers of America, helping her own students achieve personal goals through increased literacy skills.

  56. Sculpture Key West: June & Clark Luster
  57. Marathon Wild Bird Center: Jerry Underhill
  58. FKCC Keys Chorale: Genevieve Kelly
  59. Florida Keys Council of the Arts: Carolyn Sullivan
  60. United Way of the Florida Keys: Erin O’Hara
  61. Educational Coalition for Monroe County: Marie & Peter Pittman
  62. Anne McKee Artist Fund: Carol Tedesco
  63. Keys Kids: Michelle Elgeralbi
  64. Florida Keys SPCA: Kim Wilkerson
  65. Florida Keys Children’s Shelter: Rick Ramsay & Don Hiller
  66. History of Diving Museum: Zhanna Cashdollar
  67. Sunrise Rotary Foundation: Matt Babich
  68. Leadership Monroe County: Manny Madruga
  69. Voices for Florida Keys Children: Kathy Lasseter
  70. American Civil Liberties Union: John Gish
  71. Waterfront Playhouse: Rob Carlson
  72. RPM Nautical Foundation: Rae Burns
  73. Key West Orchid Society: Florence Bousquet
  74. Red Barn Theatre: Michele Grahl
  75. Key West Rotary Club Foundation: Tommy Haskins
  76. Lower Keys Chapter #1851, AARP: Richard “Diver” Overmann
  77. Friends of Fort Taylor: Matthew Massoud
  78. American Red Cross: Dr. Margaret Blair

 

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