2023 Unsung Heroes Celebration

The 23rd annual Unsung Heroes Celebration will recognize the outstanding efforts of our community’s volunteers.

The Friday, February 3rd luncheon at the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel is generously sponsored by the Lower Keys Medical Center and will celebrate Unsung Heroes from nonprofits throughout the Florida Keys.

Each nonprofit can nominate ONE Unsung Hero to represent their organization at the yearly celebration. ONE representative from each nonprofit will be invited to attend as well. Additional tickets will be sold if space permits.

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Photos from the 2022 Unsung Heroes Event

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Thanks to Keys Weekly for the publication acknowledging all the great volunteers who were nominated. Click here to view the publication.

Watch the 2021 Unsung Heroes Virtual Celebration of our community’s volunteers of the year, plus special guests and surprises! Special thanks to our event sponsor, the Lower Keys Medical Center.

The 21st annual Unsung Heroes event recognized the tremendous efforts of our community’s volunteers. The virtual celebration was sponsored by the Lower Keys Medical Center and promoted civic engagement in the Keys. Thanks also to Keys Weekly for their partnership with this year’s publication. We also appreciate the generosity of Ocean Wellness Spa, which donated $2,000 in gift certificates for spa services to this year’s Unsung Heroes.

David Clay, CEO of Lower Keys Medical Center, said, “The not-for-profit organizations and their volunteers being recognized are so vital to the health and well-being of our communities, providing food, shelter, financial assistance and health and human services to our residents in need. The Unsung Heroes event is our chance to celebrate the giving nature of the Keys and the people who work tirelessly to help their neighbors.”

Since 2001, the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys has been hosting the annual Unsung Heroes event to recognize the tireless efforts of our community’s volunteers. Each Monroe County 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is invited to nominate one Unsung Hero to recognize that individual’s unpaid contributions over the past year.

Nearly 1,400 volunteers have been recognized since the event was started 21 years ago. Keys volunteers donate their time and services to our community, including cleaning up beaches, supplying food to children and families in need, fostering animals, mentoring students, assisting at homeless shelters, and much more.

Photos from the 2020 Unsung Heroes Celebration

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Members of the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition with Unsung Hero Robin Williams.
Members of the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition with Unsung Hero Robin Williams.
Members of Living Springs Counseling with Unsung Hero Sharon Kittle-Smith.
Members of Living Springs Counseling with Unsung Hero Sharon Kittle-Smith.
CFFK Board Member Rosi Ware, Unsung Hero Bill Becker, CFFK President/CEO Jennifer McComb, and CFFK Chair Ron Burd.
CFFK Board Member Rosi Ware, Unsung Hero Bill Becker, CFFK President/CEO Jennifer McComb, and CFFK Chair Ron Burd.
Members of the VFW Southermost Post 3911 with Unsung Hero Ken Thompson.
Members of the VFW Southermost Post 3911 with Unsung Hero Ken Thompson.

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