Recognizing Role Models in Central Florida: 2nd Annual Community Volunteer Excellence Awards


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 Ed Timberlake (second from left) received the Champion of Service Award for his lifelong service as a volunteer, particularly with United Way. From left to right: Commissioner Sherry Wheelock, Ed Timberlake, Robert H. (Bob) Brown and Scott Maxwell

One of Central Florida’s most prestigious awards for volunteers, the Community Volunteer Excellence Awards pays tribute to individuals who selflessly dedicate their time and talents to the community. Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell, known for his column “Taking Names”, hosted the ceremony. A sold out crowd gathered at the Rosen Centre Hotel to show their appreciation for the remarkable volunteers in Central Florida. This year, a staggering 167 nominees were recognized across ten categories from Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. In addition, two special recognitions were presented by Heart of Florida United Way. Nominees and honorees of the Community Volunteer Excellence Awards are all advocates for improving the lives of those living in Central Florida. On behalf of Heart of Florida United Way, we thank these volunteers for their commitment to helping others reach their full potential. To view photos from the event, please visit our Facebook page. The honorees are as follows:

OUTSTANDING CORPORATE GROUP

Adventist University | Community Food & Outreach Center

OUTSTANDING NATIONAL SERVICE VOLUNTEER

CaSandra Williams | Heart of Florida United Way: Schools & Communities Together For Tomorrow

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER

Patrick Murdock | Community Food & Outreach Center

OUTSTANDING FAITH/STUDENT/CIVIC GROUP

Volunteer UCF

OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER

Dr. Raza Ali | Shepherd’s Hope

OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER

Lincoln Salmon | Harbor House

OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER MANAGER

Mark Perez | Community Food & Outreach Center

OUTSTANDING YOUTH VOLUNTEER

Jay Ryon, Jr. | Easter Seals Camp Challenge

ABOVE AND BEYOND-Group

Top Tech | Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida

ABOVE AND BEYOND-Individual

Steve Kirby | Orlando Day Nursery

FOR SERVICE TO HEART OF FLORIDA UNITED WAY

Katie Kochan & Jessica Schwendeman

VOLUNTEER FLORIDA CHAMPION OF SERVICE AWARD FOR LIFELONG ACHIEVEMENT

Ed Timberlake

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