The 2017 Unsung Heroes celebration was held Friday, January 27th at the Key West Marriott Beachside.  Check out all the photos from this year’s celebration here.

CFFK Board Member Ron Burd, CFFK President/CEO Dianna Sutton, Lower Keys Medical Center CEO David Clay with LKMC's John Emery, and CFFK Chair Roger Heinen.

CFFK Board Member Ron Burd, CFFK President/CEO Dianna Sutton, Lower Keys Medical Center CEO David Clay with LKMC’s John Emery, and CFFK Chair Roger Heinen.

2017 Unsung Hero Melson Maxime from Keys to Be the Change

2017 Unsung Hero Melson Maxime from Keys to Be the Change.

 

The Community Foundation honored the outstanding work of 96 volunteers for nonprofits throughout the Florida Keys at the 17th annual Unsung Heroes luncheon on Friday, January 27.

The sold-out event was sponsored by the Lower Keys Medical Center and recognized the Volunteers of the Year nominated by Monroe County 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits.

Below is the list of the 2017 Unsung Heroes (Click here to learn more about this year’s honorees.). Honorees were presented with a Certificate of Recognition and celebrated for their community service.

“The Unsung Heroes event pays tribute to the work of volunteers whose efforts greatly enhance all of our Keys community,” said Dianna Sutton, President and CEO of CFFK. “More than 1,100 volunteers have been celebrated for their invaluable contributions since we began the event in 2001.”

More than 20 percent of all Florida residents volunteer for nonprofits, donating an average of 27 hours per person. Last year in America, 62.6 million people volunteered hours of service valued at $184 billion.

2017 Unsung Heroes

Anita Woodruff                              AARP Chapter 135

QMitch Jones                                  AIDS Help

Dotti Clifford                                    American Cancer Society

Lois Griffin                                       American Legion Auxiliary

Keith Anderson                               American Legion Auxiliary 154 Marathon Memorial Unit

Kathleen Ford                                 Anchors Aweigh Club

Jon McIntosh                                  Anne McKee Artists Fund of the Florida Keys

Ralph DePalma                               Bahama Village Music Program

Thomas Marrs                                 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Keys Area

Talia Santiago                                  Cancer Foundation of the Florida Keys

Leonore Stowe                                 Canon John H. Reece Scholarship Fund

Roma Hartley                                   Christina’s Courage

Wanda Brock                                    Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation

Naomi Thomas                                Coral City Elks Temple #400

Georgette Robertson                      Cornish Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church

Rev. Dr. Pam Feeser                       DOLPHINS Living Springs Counseling

Roosevelt Sands                              Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Committee

Steve Russ                                        FIRMKeys

Pat Miller                                          FKCC Education Foundation

Reen Stanhouse                               Florida Keys Council of the Arts

Mary Williams                                  Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition

Dick Saylor                                        Florida Keys History & Discovery Foundation

James Mantell                                  Florida Keys Outreach Coalition

Ken & Cheryl Thurston                   Florida Keys SPCA

Peter Arnow                                      Friends of The AIDS Memorial

Prudence Churchill                         Friends of the Key West Library

Joe Viana                                           Fringe Theater of Key West

Danielle Carson                               Good Health Clinic

Mary Brady                                       Growing Hope Foundation

Sherry Read                                      Guidance Care Center

Bruce Bush                                       Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower Florida Keys

Suzy Curry                                        Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys

Juan Riera                                        Historic Florida Keys Foundation

Dr. Sally Bauer                                History of Diving Museum

David Eyer                                        Impromptu Classical Concerts of Key West

Chris Ollinger                                   Key West Area Chief Petty Officers Association

Mally Weaver                                   Key West Art Center

Hugh Johnson                                 Key West Community Sailing Center

Cynthia Edwards                             Key West Garden Club

Doug Mack                                       Key West Literary Seminar

Joe Liszka (Posthumous)              Key West Orchid Society

Lt. Joe Tripp                                    Key West Police Athletic League

Sandra Higgs                                   Key West Rotary Club Foundation

Kathleen Nowaczyk                        Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Joan Sammy                                     Key West Woman’s Club

Chelsea Catherine                            Key West Writers Guild

Heidi Golightly                                 Keys Coalition Against Human Trafficking

 Melson Maxime                               Keys to Be the Change

Deborah Crowe                                 Kids Come First in the Florida Keys

Lt. Areaka Jewell                              KWPD LOVE Fund

George Halloran                               Last Stand

Henry Rosenthal                              Leadership Monroe County

Craig & Lynn Wanous                     Literacy Volunteers of America Monroe County

Constance Gilbert (Posthumous)  Lower Keys League of Women Voters

Mary Slawson                                    Marathon Wild Bird Center

David Purdo                                      Matecumbe Historical Trust

Fred Marchak                                    Metropolitan Community Church

Chris Shultz                                       Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens

Mike Puto                                           Monroe County Education Foundation

Keith MacDonald                              Montessori Children’s School of Key West

Kehaulani Murray                             Navy League Key West Council

Karl Reutling                                      Old Island Restoration Foundation

Audrey Waldman                              One Island Family

Holly Owen                                         Paradise Ballet Theatre Presenters

Lisa Van Gilder                                   Red Barn Theatre

Maggie Howes                                    Reef Relief

Helen Garcia                                       Samuel’s House

Susan Mesker (Posthumous)           Save Our Pines

William (Bill) Barry                           Schooner Western Union Preservation Society

Beverly Hanks                                     Sister Season Fund

Maxine Makover                                South Florida Symphony Orchestra

Nira Tocco                                           Southernmost Coconut Castaways

Alan Teitelbaum                                 Southernmost Homeless Assistance League

Mathew “Timmy” Tribou                  Southernmost Post 3911 VFW of the U.S.

Pat Hart                                                Special Olympics Florida Monroe County

Wynn Steinkamp                                St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Gary Schott                                          St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Women

Raquel Rojas                                       Star of the Sea Outreach Mission

Steve Gahan                                        Sunrise Rotary Foundation of Key West

Ed Guillory                                          Tennessee Williams Key West Exhibit

Colleen Quirk                                      The Basilica School

Kalo Clarke & Kim Pederson           The Studios of Key West

Joan Leggett                                        Trinity Presbyterian Blessed Community Gospel Choir

Dawn Messing & Jeff Frost              Tropic Cinema

Carol Greco                                          United Way of the Florida Keys

Debra Butler                                        Unity of the Keys

Julio Candelario                                 USCG Chief Petty Officers Association

Heidi Nute                                           Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys

Mary Lee Singer                                 Voices for Florida Keys Children

Michael Gatien                                   Volunteers of America

Betty Rubenstein                                Waterfront Playhouse

Sharon Toppino                                  Wesley House Family Services

Dempsey Ballard                               Womankind

Marilyn Douthett                               Zonta Club of Key West

Linda DeGinder                                 Zonta Club of Marathon